Saturday January 28, 2017, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Back Bay Science Center
8:30 am Parking, check-in, continental breakfast
9:00 Peter Bryant, President of Newport Bay Conservancy, Introductions on the Ramsar Convention
9:05 Adam Hutchinson, Recharge Planning Manager, OC Water District “History of Groundwater Management in Orange County”
9:35 Linda Chilton, Education Program Coordinator, Sea Grant Program, USC, “Saltwater Intrusion into Groundwater and its Prevention”
10:30 Ellen Bell, Author, Images of America, “Irvine’s Swamp of the Frogs: gone but not forgotten”
11:00 Ian Swift, Supervising Wetlands Biologist, Irvine Ranch Water District, “Urban Runoff and its Effects on Groundwater”
11:30 Robert Stein, Assistant City Engineer, City of Newport Beach, “Selenium in the Newport Bay Watershed”
– Guests will be provided with a continental breakfast and snacks. A tour will be provided for those that attend the sympoium at the Orange County Groundwater Recharge Facility (offsite) from 1:00-3:00pm.
* The Ramsar Convention (formally, the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat) is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands, recognizing the fundamental ecological functions of wetlands and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational value. It is named after the city of Ramsar in Iran, where the Convention was signed in 1971.