CalTAP Fair: Central Valley Groundwater Management 031424
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Event Date & Time

3/14/2024 8:30 AM - 3/14/2024 4:00 PM


Wyndham Garden Fresno Yosemite Airport
5090 East Clinton Way
Fresno, California 93727

CalTAP Fair: Central Valley Groundwater Management



You can recieve up to 6 California Drinking Water Contact Hours

Contact hours have been approved for the Registered Environmental Health Specialist Program.

Certificates will be available through your profile.


Date & Time:

The CalTAP Fair: Central Valley Groundwater Management event will be held on the following dates and times:

March 14 | 8:00AM | Registration opens

March 14 | 8:30AM-10:30AM  | Welcome & CalTAP Fair Presentations

March 14 |10:30AM-12:00PM | Regulations Update

March 14 |12:00PM-1:00PM   | Lunch - on your own

March 14 |  1:00PM-2:20PM   | Technical Track 1: GAC Filtration

March 14 |  1:00PM-2:20PM   | Managerial Track 1: Getting Hands on with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

March 14 |  1:00PM-2:20PM   | Combined Track 1: Before you Sign on the Dotted Line: Pre-Design Treatment Considerations

March 14 |  2:40PM-4:00PM   | Technical Track 2: Nitrate Treatment

March 14 |  2:40PM-4:00PM   | Managerial Track 2: Water Shortage Contingency Plan 

March 14 |  2:40PM-4:00PM   | Combined Track 2 : Cyber Security for Drinking Water Systems


This training is being held in Pacific Standard Time.


Join us and learn about the California Technical Assistance Providers (CalTAP) programs, funded by California State Water Resources Control Board.


These programs provide onsite technical assistance and free workshops, as well as many other resources, for water professionals throughout California. 


1:00PM - 2:20PM | Technical Track 1 | GAC Filtration

Water purveyors have been, and continue to be, challenged with providing an adequate and safe water supply. Limitations on sources of water supplies and emerging contaminants such as PFAS are driving many more systems to treat their groundwater sources. Granular activated carbon (GAC) is an adsorption media. Its use is considered an advanced technique for meeting many water quality demand. This learning event will give the participant the fundamentals of granular activated carbon treatment and its application in the removal of currently regulated synthetic organic compounds and the proposed PFAS compounds.

Participants will learn:

·  The fundamentals of GAC adsorption

·         The basic design and operation of GAC contactors for organic contaminant control

·         Handling and disposal of spect GAC waste


Recommended for all operators and managers of groundwater systems,


1:00PM - 2:20PM | Managerial Track 1 | Getting Hands on with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (SGMA) has been called “the most important legislation in California in 100 years.” SGMA mandates the sustainable use of California groundwater. Given the fact that many groundwater basins are in overdraft, implementation of sustainable practices will likely have a significant impact on small water systems that use groundwater from these basins.


In this session, attendees will have an interactive opportunity to experience the challenges of managing increasingly scarce groundwater amongst stakeholders with competing needs. Developed through a social science research partnership in response to SGMA, the Groundwater Game serves as a useful tool to gain insight into SGMA implementation and establishing a greater awareness of the varying interests and perspectives surrounding groundwater resources.

Participants will discuss:

·         Different management tools, including groundwater trading as local agencies develop their sustainability plans to balance the supply and demand of groundwater

·         The importance of community engagement for SGMA implementation

·         To experiment with different groudwater pumping and managemnt strategies

·         A greater awareness of groundwater resources and the multiple interests and perspectives from stakeholders


The recommended audience includes water system managers, operators, administrative staff and board members. 


1:00PM - 2:20PM | Combined Track 1 | Before you Sign on the Dotted Line: Pre-Design Treatment Considerations

What do you do when the laboratory calls and informs you that you have [INSERT CONTAMINANT NAME HERE] in your source at concentrations exceeding the drinking water standards? Before any modification of treatment to your system, good communication with your DDW or LPA regulator is required (22 CCR § 64556) and critical to a successful project. 
But how do you determine what the “best” water treatment is for your system?  We will go over 10 Essential questions to ask before beginning your water treatment project. These questions will assist you in making an informed decision when choosing the “best” water treatment system for your utility. 

Participants will learn:

·         Common water treatment technologies fro small water systems such as GAC and other filtration media

·         How different treatment techniques remove specific groundwater contaminants

·         The most appropriate water treatment choice for your system

·         The importance of maintaining communication with regulators during treatment projects

·         Essential questions to ask when selecting a water treatment system


This training will be beneficial to all small water system operators, managers, and board members. 

2:40PM - 4:00PM | Technical Track 2 | Nitrate Treatment

Nitrates are the most common chemical contaminant in groundwater aquifers worldwide. In 1980, nine drinking water wells in California had unsafe levels of nitrates. By 2007, this acute contamination had spread to more than 648 wells. Nitrates continue to impact the health of California residents and the problem is only getting worse. This breakout session will help you make informed decisions about mitigating this contaminant.

Participants will learn:

·  What nitrate are

·         How nitrates get into drinking water

·         The acute health effects of nitrate exposure

·         How to achieve compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act requirements for nitrates

·         An overview of the most used nitrate treatment technologies

·         Practical consideratins when choosing a nitrate treatment system


The recommended audience includes operators, managers, and board members that have an interest in providing nitrate safe water to their customers.


2:40PM - 4:00PM | Managerial Track 2 | Water Shortage Contingency Plan

It is the responsibility of public water systems to provide safe and aesthetically pleasing water to their customers. What would you do if you ran low or out of water? The short answer is, “it depends”. It depends on the water system, the resources available and the proximity to other resources.

This interactive workshop will be a series of exercises for water system purveyors to discuss possible options for public water systems to have a contingency plan for water shortages or water outages.


Participants will learn more about these new areas of focus, including:

·         The possibility of developing new water sources

·         The likelihood of an intertie with neighboring water systems

·         The possibility for short-term connection to non-potable water sources

·         How to plan for water haulers and storage tank purchase or rental

·         Large scale bottle water provision


The presentation is designed for board members, decision makers, managers and operators.


2:40PM - 4:00PM | Combined Track 2 | Cyber Security for Drinking Water Systems

This is an introductory level class that will touch on the who, what, where, when, why, and how of cyber security. This training will touch on why cyber security attacks happen, how they can affect systems, best practices to prevent cyber security attacks, and resources for utilities to assess their cyber security. 

Participants will learn how to enable cyber security measures on their technology, understand different ways a cyber-attack can happen, and understand the different self-assessments available. 

Participants will learn how to:

·         The different methods for cyber attacks

·         Best practices to protect against cybe attacks

·   Different options for and how to conduct self-assessments

The recommended audience includes board members, managers, operators, and other utiltiy staff. 


This training will be hosted at the following address:

Wyndham Garden Fresno Yosemite Airport

5090 East Clinton Way

Fresno, California 93727

(559) 252-3611

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Scholarship & Fees:

CalTAP Fair:  Central Valley Groundwater Management is a free event to attend.



During the registration process, you will be asked to select the breakout session(s) you would like to attend. Please see above for descriptions of each session. Space for breakout sessions is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the training.


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For registration questions, contact:
RCAC Events
(916) 447-9832 ext. 1429

The CalTAP providers are:

·        California State Water Resources ·         Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC)

·        California Rural Water Association ·         Self-Help Enterprises

·        U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

·        Office of Water Programs, California State University Sacramento