Local groundwater agencies in California are required by the state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) to balance groundwater supply and demand by 2042. To help the state achieve a more resilient water system for future generations, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District, Olsson, and Sitka joined forces to develop a first-of-its-kind, open-source Water Accounting & Trading Platform. To introduce groundwater agencies across California and the country about this resource, EDF launched an online workshop series this past December.
The first workshop was well received, with over a hundred water professionals in attendance. We demoed the platform and highlighted its accounting, trading, and scenario planning features. For the second workshop held last month, we conducted six small-group breakout sessions where 30 attendees generated 164 ideas on how the platform can be extended to better serve landowners, groundwater agencies, regulators, and local communities.
Now that we’ve compiled the findings and recommendations gained from these discussions, we’re pleased to announce the date and time for the third workshop. This workshop, like the first, is open to all, and I’m hoping you will join us!
- Water Accounting & Trading Platform Workshop #3: Vision and Roadmap for an Open-Source Platform
Thursday, 18 March 2021
12pm to 1pm Pacific
In the meantime, I encourage you to check out the EDF demo accounting and trading platform. The demo site allows anyone to experience the platform from the perspective of both a landowner and groundwater manager. We’ve developed a Quick Start Guide that walks you through the platform features and can be completed in 10 or 15 minutes.
I hope to see you all at our upcoming workshop. If you have any questions or would like a personalized demo, please reach out!