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Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture - An International Conference Linking Science and Policy

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The 2024 Conference

June 17-20, 2024

Burlingame/San Francisco, California

(We have a new conference website for the 2024 conference)




The 2016 Conference


Program overview:

The conference featured discussions about threats to groundwater, such as overuse; salinity; nonpoint source pollution from agricultural activities, animal farming, agricultural groundwater impacts to surface water; and groundwater quality and quantity conflicts at the urban-rural interface, which have reached global dimensions and threaten the very livelihood of this planet. Challenges, opportunities, and successful solutions in the technical and policy fields were highlighted. The conference offered a unique opportunity for networking across disciplines.

Session topics explored a broad diversity but related set of issues at the groundwater-agriculture nexus (see 2016 Agenda):

  • Groundwater Management and Policy
  • California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)
  • Nitrate policy, assessment, and monitoring
  • Nonpoint source pollution from animal agriculture
  • Groundwater-dependent ecosystems and groundwater-surface water interaction
  • Managed aquifer recharge
  • Energy-water-food nexus
  • Environmental justice and livelihood
  • Climate change and adaptation
  • Economics and policy
  • Salinity and salinity policy
  • Emerging contaminants
  • Modeling and data (groundwater quantity/management/quality)
  • Agricultural BMPs for groundwater resources quantity and/or quality protection
  • USDA National Insights and Actions

The over 300 attendees included:

  • agricultural leaders/advocates/extension trainers in local/regional/state organizations
  • groundwater managers and technical personnel in local and regional water agencies
  • regulatory and planning agency personnel in regional/state/federal agencies
  • consultants in engineering, hydrology/hydrogeology, and agricultural resources management
  • scientists, researchers, and students with interests at the groundwater-agriculture nexus
  • NGOs working in environment, environmental justice, and agriculture

 - 2016 Presentations and Videos Available Online -

The Foundation and UC Davis sponsored a similar conference in 2010. The 2016 conference was held June 28-30 at the same location – the Hyatt Regency at the San Francisco Airport in Burlingame. Pre-conference workshops were held Monday, June 27.


Available Resources from the 2010 Conference


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