California Water Institute to host virtual bootcamp

The California Water Institute at California State University, Fresno will host a free water bootcamp each Friday in May.
EDITED BY MCKENNA CORSON
The California Water Institute at California State University, Fresno will host a free water bootcamp each Friday in May.

The California Water Institute at California State University, Fresno, California, will host a free water bootcamp in celebration of water awareness month on each Friday in May. The bootcamp features four new sessions tackling topics including hydrology, groundwater and surface water.

All of the bootcamp’s sessions will be led by Laura Ramos, the associate director of the California Water Institute at Fresno State.

The bootcamp will kick off with an all-Spanish session from 9 a.m. to noon PST on May 6 covering hydrology and California watersheds; groundwater regulations and recharge; and surface water distribution, water allocation, surface water rights and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The second session from 9 a.m. to noon PST on May 13 will include an introduction to hydrology, including headwaters, watersheds, aquifers and basins; a brief overview of the watersheds in California with further detail on the San Joaquin River watershed; and a detailed overview on the Sacramento River and Colorado River watersheds.

The third session from 9 a.m. to noon PST on May 20 will provide an introduction to California groundwater, including aquifers, subsidence and contamination; a presentation on groundwater regulations in California and the effects it will have on the state; and an overview of groundwater recharge, as well as a Fresno State project focused on recharge.

The fourth session from 9 a.m. to noon PST on May 27 will include insight on how California distributes surface water from rivers and canals to areas that do not have access to surface water sources; an introduction to California surface water rights, including its history along with riparian and appropriative rights; and an insight on what happens in the Delta, problems that impact the transfer of water and solutions for the transfer of water through the Delta.

To register for any of the seminars, visit

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