Toward Sustainbable Groundwater in Agriculture
Toward Sustainbable Groundwater in Agriculture
Toward Sustainbable Groundwater in Agriculture
University of California
Toward Sustainbable Groundwater in Agriculture

Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture - An International Conference Linking Science and Policy 2016

28 - 30 June 2016

Burlingame/San Francisco, California


This three-day international conference will again bring together leading scientists, policy analysts, policy and decision makers, and agricultural and environmental stakeholder groups to define and highlight the science, challenges, and potential policy solutions in agricultural groundwater resources management and groundwater quality protection that will provide a sustainable future at regional, national, and global scales.

Groundwater is the lifeline for many rural and agricultural regions and their associated cultures and populations around the globe and a cornerstone of global food production. Groundwater constitutes nearly half the world's drinking water and much of the world's irrigation water supply. Population growth, overexploitation, salinization, nonpoint source pollution from agricultural activities (including animal farming, ranching, and forestry activities), impacts to surface water, and groundwater quality and quantity conflicts at the urban-rural interface have reached global dimensions and threaten the health and livelihood of this planet.

Conference Program


Over 230 speakers and poster presenters will be on hand. The conference will feature daily plenary sessions, concurrent tracks with oral presentations, and poster sessions with reception offering a wide range of policy and technical presentations.

The conference will feature 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 will be highlighted. The conference offers a unique opportunity for networking across disciplines.

Session topics explore a broad diversity but related set of issues at the groundwater-agriculture nexus:

  • 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 Foundation and UC Davis sponsored a similar conference in 2010. The 2016 conference will be held June 28-30 at the same location – the Hyatt Regency at the San Francisco Airport in Burlingame.

Additional pre-conference workshops will be held Monday, June 27.


Available Resources from the 2010 Conference


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