Professional Development Courses & Workshops

Center for Water and the Environment

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The Center for Water and the Environment (CWE) is the CSU, Chico hub for research and education activities related to water and the environment. The faculty, staff, and students affiliated with CWE come from the following diverse fields: agriculture, biological sciences, chemistry, economics, engineering, environmental sciences, geography, geological sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and statistics.

The Center’s mission is to connect people from across campus as well as outside the University, respond to societal needs, expand competitiveness in the research of water and the environment, and expand and explore out-of-classroom learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

More information is available on the CWE website.

The Center for Water and the Environment

Water Origins: Where Does Our Water Come From and Where Does It Go?

Becky Holden

Assistant Director, Butte Environmental Council

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Every day, we turn on a tap and water comes out. As we do this, we might want to ask some basic questions, such as “Where does water come from and where does it go?’ While it seems like a simple question, the answer is more complex than might be expected. In this presentation, Becky Holden provides a basic introduction to water, with an emphasis on Northern California, the Sacramento River Watershed, and its six subregions. The topics she covers include the water cycle, surface water, groundwater, watersheds, and water systems.

Presentation Time:  43 minutes

Seeking Solutions: Solving California’s Water Shortage

Robyn DiFalco

Chair, Citizens Water Watch

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Robyn DiFalco points out that California’s water crisis cannot be solved with the same thinking and engineering that helped cause the crisis in the first place; adaptation and conservation are the only solutions. This presentation focuses on water recycling, conservation, efficiency, and water storage strategies. These strategies have been identified in recent studies as the most effective and achievable options for transforming the water supply-demand equation in California.

Presentation Time:  1 hour, 6 minutes

What is the Bay Delta and How Does it Affect You?

Natalie Carter

Executive Director, Butte Environmental Council

Michelle Banonis

Bay-Delta Office Manager, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

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The San Francisco Bay Delta is the largest estuary on the Pacific Coast of the Americas. The two presenters combine to offer a great deal of information about the San Francisco Bay Delta, starting with Natalie Carter’s answer to the question, “What is a delta?” Carter provides a natural history of the Bay Delta, explaining how human activities have caused significant changes in its ecosystem over the past 150-plus years. Michelle Banonis discusses the Bay Delta’s relationship to California water. She gives an overview of the massive federal Central Valley Project that includes 20 dams and reservoirs, 11 power plants, and 500 miles of canals. This huge infrastructure has greatly affected the Bay Delta ecosystem, especially the amount of freshwater that flows into the Bay. Both speakers conclude by offering possible solutions to improving the natural values of the Bay Delta.

Presentation Time:  1 hour, 29 minutes

Irrigation and Cooperation: Evidence from Rural Pakistan

Dr. Anita Chaudhry

Faculty, Department of Economics, CSU, Chico

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In 1997, the government of Pakistan passed laws to decentralize the irrigation system and hand its management over to farmers. Dr. Chaudhry’s presentation is based on an extensive field study in rural Pakistan of the organization and collective action among farmer groups since that time. She presents information about farmer cooperation in managing irrigation systems. Dr. Chaudhry also discusses whether successful action among farmer groups has had an effect on farm-level water use efficiency.

Presentation Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

The Writer’s
Voice: Creative Non-Fiction

Dr. Daryl
 Farmer

Faculty,
Department of English, University of Alaska-Fairbanks

 

Dr. Daryl Farmer reads from and discusses “Bicycling
Beyond the Divide: Two Journeys into the West.” His book follows him on his 5,000-mile
journey through the diverse populations and ever-changing physical and social
landscapes that make up America. In 1985, Dr. Farmer traveled by bicycle
through 11 Western states and the Canadian province of British Columbia. He
wrote his book 20 years later, using the notes from the journal he kept while
“on the road.” His story takes place in the context of the world of the
mid-1980s and also in the context of his current perspective. He is the
recipient of Barnes and Nobel’s Discover Great New Writers Award.

 

Presentation Time: 1 hour, 11 minutes