Welcome to the website for the California Water Board Academy. The primary mission of the Academy is to provide statewide training and related services that promote staff, program, and organizational development in support of the Boards' mission. Most of our classes are only available to our own staff, although we occasionally support events that are open to participants from other government agencies and/or the general public. Except as specifically indicated below, all of the events listed on this site are open only to
Water Board staff.
NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS (updated
- No current news/announcements
ONLINE REGISTRATION SYSTEM
The online registration system is up and running. All Academy classes will rely solely on the roster from this online system (to access it click on “Schedule” on the left bar). Staff are responsible for registering for and canceling from Academy classes. We have prepared online instructions (given along the way with the system) and written procedures to assist staff in the registration process. We also have prepared a document outlining our policies for the Academy. In addition, most of the Training Liaisons are familiar with the system and can help you register. Finally, feel free to call us anytime - we are here to help you use this powerful system.
COURSE MATERIALS (updated 9/15/14)
- "A Race Against Time" - Division of Drinking Water Speaker Event - August 2014
- The SWRCB - Division of Drinking Water Training Committee hosted a training session by Julie Labonte (MWH Global) on her work as Director of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's $4.6B Water System Improvement Program (WSIP). She described the management approach, implementation strategies, and best practices utilized to successfully deliver 83 projects spread over seven counties, including a 5-mile tunnel under San Francisco Bay, one of California's largest ultraviolet treatment facilities, and a state-of-the-art pipeline design for the crossing of the Hayward fault.
- Coming Soon! Video (YouTube) [approx. time 2 hours]
- Fall Geosym 2014 Class - 10/23/14
- CEQA Update, Issues and Trends Class - 7/23/14
- Permitting CEQA/NEPA for Forest Service Projects – 5/21/14 - 5/22/14
- Spring Geosym 2014 (Note: Sounds starts at 4:38)
- Dave Soller from the USGS presents online cartographic resources for geologists, Melody Baldwin from DWR looks at how to check a levee toe against a levee profile using LIDAR technology and Mike McKenzie from DWR introduces CASGEM a step toward a statewide groundwater monitoring and reporting program.
- Construction General Permit Notice of Termination
- Instructors Eric Berntsen, Habitat Restoration Specialist with the Kalispel Tribe, and Brian Currier with the Sacramento State Office of Water Programs provide the technical background and step-by-step completion for the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE2) program and the Post-Construction Water Balance Calculator.
- Fall Geosym October 2013 Compendium (11MB)
- Caltrans Paleontology Policy
Kim Christmann, Senior Engineering Geologist with the Caltrans Division of Environmental Analysis presents policy and procedures aimed at identifying, evaluating, avoiding, minimizing, mitigating, and reporting paleontological resources.
- Geomorphic Elements in Modern Continental Sedimentary Basins - Implications for Groundwater Basins in California
Dr. Gary Weissmann, Associate Professor of hydrogeology, stratigraphy and sedimentology at the University of New Mexico, presents geomorphic elements in modern worldwide sedimentary basins with a specific California focus.
- Hydraulic Fracturing and Groundwater: a Southern California Water District's Perspective – Geosym May 2013
- Ted Johnson, Chief Hydrologist from the Water Replenishment District of Southern California presents an overview of the hydraulic fracturing practice, potential risks to groundwater, potential monitoring and management techniques to minimize these risks, and the latest on legislative and regulatory activities in California.
- Video (Slideshow with dialogue)
- Groundwater Sustainability Strategies – Geosym May 2013
- Cleet Carlton and Laurent Meiller from the Region 2 Water Board present an overview of ground water conservation and sustainability strategies.
- Video (Slideshow with dialogue)
- A Modern Stratigraphic Framework for the Los Angeles Basin: Insights into Tectonics and Ground Water Flow – Geosym May 2013
- Daniel Ponti, USGS reviews sequence stratigraphic techniques, including evidence for activity of previously unrecognized inter-basin faults and the identification of ground water contaminant migration pathways in the Los Angeles Basin.
- Video (Slideshow with dialogue)
- Collaborating with Citizen Monitoring and Watershed Stewardship Organizations –
April 3, April 16, May 14, and May 20, 2013
- How to Use Ocean Observing Systems – January 8, 2013
- How to Use Ocean Observing Systems - December 12, 2012
- California Aquatic Bioassessment Workgroup (CABW) - November 7-8, 2012
- Ocean Observing Systems Training - September 24, 2012
- Introduction to Environmental Economics - March 8, 2012
- Restoring Water Quality and Aquatic Ecosystems - February 8-9, 2012
- Water and Wastewater
- Motivating Environmental Action - June 16 & 17, 2011
- California Rapid Assessment Method for Regulatory Staff Agenda
- Introduction to Environmental Statistics - 2011
- California Rapid Assessment Method for Regulatory Staff - 2011
- Overview of the WaterBoards' Quality Management Plan (QMP) - 2011
- Episodic Streams Workshop
- Note: Conference presentations are embedded as links in the agenda below the title of each talk.
- Wetland and Riparian Area Protection Policy - Phase I Implementation - November 4, 2010
- Assessment for Streams and Rivers: The RiverRAT Training
Rapid Permit Assessment Checklist
- Simon Rapid Geomorphic Assessment Method
- Simon, A and P.W. Downs. 1995. An interdisciplinary approach to evaluation of potential instability in alluvial channels. Geomorphology
- Simon, A., M. Doyle, M. Kondolf, F.D. Shields, B. Rhoads, and M. McPhillips. 2007. Critical evaluation of how the Rosgen classification
and associated “natural channel design” methods fail to integrate and quantify fluvial processes and channel response.
Journal of the American Water Resources Association 43(5): pp 1117-1131.
- SCCWRP Papers
- Mt. Shasta TMDL Workshop
- Presentations - May 5, 2010
- The Tomales Bay Pathogen TMDL - Carmen Fewless, San Francisco RWQCB
- Mt. Shasta Spring Water Investigation - California Trout, AquaTerra
Consulting, UC Davis, and SCI Environmental
- Ranch Plan and Certification Templates - David Lewis, Watershed Management
Advisor, University of California of California Cooperative Extension
- Shasta River TMDL Implementation - Andy Baker, North Coast RWQCB
- Shasta River TMDL Efforts - Dave Webb, Shasta Valley RCD
- Tailwater Revealed: Uncovering how Agricultural Run-off Impacts Water Quality
in the Shasta Valley - Lisa Unkefer, AquaTerra Consulting, Dave LaPlante, Natural Resources Geospatial, and Shasta Valley Resource
- Garcia River Watershed and Sediment TMDL Action Plan - Jonathan Warmerdam,
North Coast RWQCB
- Addressing Low Flows in California TMDLs - Samantha K. Olson, Senior Staff Counsel,
North Coast RWQCB
- Bugs, Bioassessment and Biocriteria - Jim Harrington, WPCL Bioassessment
- Presentations: May 6, 2010
- Characterizing, Predicting, and Modeling Water from Mine Sites
- Water Professionals Guide to Land Use Planning - 24MB
- Using Green Infrastructure to Address Hydromodification Issues Within the Arid West
- Restoration Hydrogeology An Emerging Science (half-day class)
- Eco-Friendly Landscaping
- Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation (four-day class)
- Water Quality Chemistry – Field Sampling and Laboratory Analysis (two-day
- Economic Benefit for Attorneys “BEN” (½ day computer
- Economic Benefit for Attorneys “ABEL for Attorneys” (½ day
- Economic Benefit for Attorneys “BEN for Attorneys” (½ day
- Sanitary Sewer Collection Systems
- SWAMP Advisor
- California Aquatic Bioassessment Workgroup - 15th Annual Meeting
- Communication Skills for Large Internal Group Projects: Focus CIWQS
- Streams Naturalization Agenda & Materials
- Water Quality Standards Academy
- MS4 Program Evaluation Guidance Training
- CEQA for Certified Regulatory Programs
- Land From Grading and Soil Ecology
- Understanding the Environmental Effects of Once Through Cooling: Research Results
- 2007 California Aquatic Bioassessment Workgroup
- Acid Generation Prediction Tests: An Overview
- Class Presentations
- Supporting Material
- Bioassessment Site Analysis Course
- Project Assessment and Evaluation Plan (PAEP) Training for Grant Managers and Grantees
- Understanding Algal Blooms
- Water Rights 101
- Coastal Power Plants