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Workshop on Drought Vulnerability and Tools for Improving Water Resilience 





(updated 10.18.2016)


Date: October 19-20, 2016

Time: 10:00am-5:00pm on 10/19/2016, and 8:30am-3:00pm on 10/20/2016.

Location: Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, 111 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802



Workshop Sponsors


Advanced Registration is now closed, but you can still join your colleagues at this event!


On-Site Registration will be available at the workshop.


There are two classes of registration: free and paid. Please determine which class of registration you are eligible for, and check in with the registration desk when you arrive.


Registration is free for the following: 


Registration is $75 for all others, including consultants, employees of for-profit companies and corporations, and individuals not affiliated with any non-profit water resources management organization in California. The fee includes all materials, morning coffee and snacks, and lunch for both days of the program. Please note that the registration fee is $75 whether you attend one day or both days; there is no separate one-day rate.


Credit cards will be accepted at the registration desk. Please check in when you arrive. 





Meeting Logistics


The workshop times are as listed below. Please refer to the agenda for the schedule of sessions.

  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Registration desk opens at 9:00 am)
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm (Registration desk opens at 7:30 am)


Location:  The workshop will be held at the Renaissance Hotel, located at 111 East Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802.  The hotel is located on the corner of Pine Ave and Ocean Blvd.  For those who will be flying in, the closest airport is Long Beach Airport (LGB).  


Parking: The discounted parking rate is $14 for self-parking and $19 for valet.  To receive the discounted rate, you will need to pay for parking at the hotel’s front desk prior to leaving the event.  Please inform the front desk that you are attending the “Drought Workshop.”


Meeting Room:  Bixby 1, 2, and 5  (located upstairs).


Registration: A registration desk will be set up one hour prior to the workshop. Please be sure to sign in each morning.


Continuing Education Hours:  The State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water has approved up to 10.5 Continuing Education Hours for those who attend the entire the workshop. Those who would like to receive hours must sign in and sign out at the workshop registration desk each day. The certificate will be emailed to you following the workshop.


Food and Beverages: Your registration for both Day 1 and Day 2 of the Workshop includes a light continental breakfast and lunch buffet. This can accommodate vegetarians.




About the Workshop

The purpose of the Workshop on Drought Vulnerability and Tools for Improving Water Resilience is to provide the water community with current information on water conditions in California and facilitate discussion on strategies for improving the resilience of the state's water resources. The two-day program will include talks by water resources professionals and academics from throughout California. Staff from California water agencies and other public organizations involved in drought response and planning efforts are invited to attend. Faculty and students with an interest in water and natural resource planning are also welcome to participate.


Continuing Education Hours. The State Water Resources Control Board's Drinking Water Operator Certificatio Program has approved this event for up to 10.5 Continuing Education Hours for those who attend the entire program (5.5 hours for Day 1 and 5.0 hours for Day 2). If you have questions about the program or the procedure for recording hours, contact Suzanne Faubl of NWRI at sfaubl@nwri-usa.org or (714) 378-3278. To learn more about drinking water operator certification continuing education guidelines, consult the CA SWRCB Operator Certification website at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/drinking_water/certlic/occupations/DWopcert.shtml






For questions regarding registration, travel, and hotel accommodations, contact Jaime Lumia at (714) 376-9767 or jaimelumia@gmail.com.


For questions on the program, contact Suzanne Faubl at sfaubl@nwri-usa.org or (714) 378-3278.



Additional Resources on Drought and Water Resilience



Presentations from the May 2016 DWR/NWRI/SCSC Drought Response Workshop 



Presentations from the 2015 DWR/NWRI/SCSC Drought Response Workshop



California Drought Portal http://drought.ca.gov/


U.S. Drought Portal (Drought Monitor for California) https://www.drought.gov/drought/california


California Department of Water Resources (DWR)  http://www.water.ca.gov/


California Water Action Plan (2016 Update) http://resources.ca.gov/california_water_action_plan/


Drought Publications by DWR http://www.water.ca.gov/waterconditions/publications.cfm


Central Valley Project and State Water Project 2016 Drought Contingency Plan For Water Project Operations (Feb-Nov 2016) http://www.water.ca.gov/waterconditions/docs/2016-DroughtContingencyPlan-CVP-SWPOperations-Feb-Nov_1.19.16-FINAL.pdf


Federal Action Plan of the National Drought Resilience Partnership https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/drought_resilience_action_plan_2016_final.pdf


U.S. EPA page on Basics of Water Resilience



Berkeley Lab: Resilient and Scalable Water Systems



Center for Urban Water Resiliences at Cal State University, Northridge






Click here for additional NWRI drought resources