California Institute for Water Resources
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Iranian US Regional Workshop Agenda

Pre-Workshop Field Tours, August 13th-17th, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008
  Iranian visitors arrive to Sacramento and settle into hotel accommodations
Thursday, August 14, 2008
0900 The California Water Situation - Joint Briefing by the California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation 
1130 Depart the California Resources Agency for Lunch and Travel to UC Davis
1330 Arrive UC Davis for Briefing on Research and Extension Activities related to Water Resources 
1630 Depart Campus for Tour of the Mondavi Performing Arts Center
1700 Tour the Mondavi Performing Arts Center
1800 Arrive at the Home of Dr. Joseph Silva, Professor of Medicine and Dean, Emeritus of the University of California, Davis’ Medical School, for Barbecue Dinner with Deans from UC Davis and local Iranian-Americans 
2100 Return to Hotel in Sacramento
Friday, August 15, 2008
0800 Depart Sacramento for Tour of the Water Projects and Agricultural Operations in the Central Valley
1030  Arrive at the San Luis Reservoir and Proceed to Romero Visitor Center for Tour and Briefing  
1200  Depart Romero Visitor Center for Lunch in Los Banos  
1300  Depart Los Banos for Woolf Farms  
1430  Arrive Woolf Farm Tomato Processing Facility. Briefing and tour of tomato process and drip irrigation in the production of processed tomatoes.  
1600  Depart Woolf Farms  
1730   Arrive Bakersfield for the night 
Saturday, August 16, 2008
0745  Depart Bakersfield for Wasco, CA  
0900  Arrive Semitropic Water Storage District in Wasco for Briefing, Field Tour and Discussions of Conjunctive Use of Ground and Surface Water in Agriculture  
Noon Lunch Courtesy of the Semitropic Water Storage District
1330 Depart for Irvine
1700 Arrive Irvine for the Night
Sunday, August 17, 2008
  Free day for Iranian Visitors

Workshop Day One and Two, August 18th-19th, 2008

Monday, August 18 Agricultural Water Management (Henry Vaux, Chair)
0800 Breakfast at the Beckman Center

Major Paper: “Overview of Issues in Agricultural Water Management in the U.S.”
Dr. John Letey, University of California, Riverside  

0930 Discussion
1015 Break
1030 Major Paper:"Overview of Issues in Agricultural Water Management in Iran" 
Dr. Amin Ali Zadeh, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad
1100 Discussion
1145 Lunch
1315 Major Paper:  “Innovations in Agricultural Water Management" 
Dr. David Goldhammer, University of California, Davis
1345 Discussion
1430 Break

Panel Presentation: Discussion will focus on the general topic of improving the productivity of water use in agriculture. Dr. Soroosh Sorooshian, UC Irvine (Panel Chair)

Dr. Hassan Rahimi, Tehran University 
"Problems and Chllenges in Modern Irrigation Networks of Iran"

Dr. Bijan Ghahraman, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad
 “Management and Issue of Irrigation Networks in Iran”

Dr. Sayed Farhad Mousavi, Isfahan University of Technology 
 “Challenges Facing Agricultural Water Management in Iran"

Dr. Ali Salmi-Salhi Nieshabouri, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran
 “Minimizing Sediment Transport in Irrigation Canals”

Dr. Saeed Morid, Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran "Response of the Regional Water Organizations to Drought in Iran"

1530 Discussion
1615 Break
1630 Discussion–Conclusions for the Day
Tuesday, August 19 Agricultural Water Management (continued)
0800 Breakfast at the Beckman Center

Panel Presentation: 
Discussion will focus on the general topic of climate variability and the importance of climatic and meteorologic information in managing water.
Dr. Amin Ali Zadeh, (Panel Chair)

Dr. Soorosh Sorooshian, UC Irvine
“Source of Climatic Variation and the Importance of Monitoring”

Dr. Davar Khalili, Shiraz University
“Utilization of Soil, Crop and Meteorological Information as Tools in Irrigation Management in Arid and Semi-Arid Environments

Dr. Saeed Morid, Tarbiat Modares University
“Response of Regional Water Organizations to Drought in Iran.”

1030 Break
Domestic Water Supplies and Sanitation 
(Dr. Nasser Talebbebeydokhti, Chair )
1045 Major Paper: 
“Assessment of Urban Ground Water Contamination by Nitrate Due to Cesspool Discharge: A Tehran Case Study”
Dr. Behzad Ataie Ashtiani, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran
1115 Discussion
1200 Lunch
1315 Major Paper: “Issues in the Provision of Sanitation Services and Wastewater Reuse”
Mr. William Mills, General Manager, Retired
Orange County Water District
1345 Discussion
1430 Break

Panel Presentations: Discussion to focus on ways of improving the delivery of water supply and sanitation services. Sayed Farhad Mousavi (Panel Chair)

Dr. Dara Entekhabi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Planning for Urban Water Supply in the Face of Uncertain Hydrologic Variability

Dr. John Boland, Johns Hopkins University                  
“The Role of Prices in Rate Structures in Economizing on Water Supply and Sanitation Services”  
Dr. Gholama Abbas Barani, Shahid Bahonar of Kerman University
"Future Domestic Water Supply Provision in Iran"

Dr . Mohammad Javad Khanjani, Shahid Bahonar of Kerman University
" Waste Water Reuse for Irrigation"

1530 Discussion
1615 Break

Major Paper: “Solar Desalination as a Means to Provide Potable Water in Rural Iran”
Dr. Mehdi Bahadori, Sharif University of Technology

1700 Discussion
1730 Discussion – Conclusions for the Day
1800 Adjourn
1900 Gala Dinner

Wednesday, August 20 Environmental Uses of Water 
Dr. Dara Entekhabi, Chair)


Breakfast at the Beckman Center    

0900 Major Presentation:  “Balancing Water for People and Nature” authored byUriel Safriel
Review and Critique by Dr. Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute
0930 Discussion
1015 Break
1030 Major Paper: “Water and Waste Water Management in Iran" (Iranian presenter)
Dr Hossain Ganjidoust, Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran
1100 Discussion
1145 Lunch

Panel Discussion: 
“Research Needs for Managing Environmental Uses of Water” Dr. Dara Entekhabi, (Panel Chair)

Dr. Nasser Talebebeydokhti, Shiraz University 
“Research Needs for Defining Environmental Flows”

Dr. Helen Ingram, UC Irvine
“Institutional Challenges in Providing for Environmental Water”

Dr. Abbas Ghaheri, Science and Technology University, Tehran "Environmental Assessment of Irrigation Projects in Iran"

1400 Summary Discussion and Conclusions on Environmental Uses of Water
1500 Break
1515 Discussion of Workshop Conclusion and Identification of Desirable Next Steps
1615 Adjourn for the day
1630 Depart for Tour and Dinner at UC Irvine

Post-Workshop Field Tours, August 21th-28th

Thursday, August 21
0800 Depart Hotel for Orange County Water District
0900 Arrive Orange County Water District for Briefing and Tour 
1130 Depart Orange County Water District for Trip to Indio
1400 Arrive Coachella Valley Water District for Briefing: An Example of Agricultural Water Management in the Desert
1630 Depart Coachella for El Centro
Friday, August 22, 2008
0900 Depart Hotel for the Imperial Irrigation District
0930 Briefings and Discussion, Imperial Irrigation District. An Example of Agricultural Water Management in the desert. 
1130 Lunch Break
1230 Field Trip to Imperial Irrigation District
1500 Depart Imperial Valley for Yuma, AZ
1630 Arrive Yuma, AZ for the night. 
Saturday, August 23
0830 Arrive Yuma Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation for Discussions of Water  Management in the Colorado Basin. Tour the Yuma Desalter. 
1100 Depart Yuma Area Office
1130 Lunch Break
1300 Depart Yuma, AZ for Phoenix, AA
1530 Arrive Phoenix, AZ for the night.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
0730 Depart for Flagstaff and the Lowell Observatory
1000 Arrive Lowell Observatory for Tour and Briefing. Brief Presentation on Comets.
1200 Lunch at the Lowell Observatory
1300 Depart Lowell Observatory for the Grand Canyon
1500 Tour Grand Canyon and Overnight at Grand Canyon
Monday, August 25
  Continue with tour of the Grand Canyon. In the afternoon return to Phoenix for the night.
Tuesday, August 26

“A Survey of Water Resources and Management Challenges in Arizona”
Ms. Kathy Jacobs, Arizona Water Institute

0945 Discussion
1015 Break
1030 Presentation: “Water Quality Issues and Management Challenges in Arizona.”
Dr. Charles Graf, Arizona Water Institute
1115 Discussion
1200 Lunch
1330 Depart for Scottsdale Water Campus
1400 Briefings, Field Tour and Discussion - Scottsdale Water Campus
(Note: This activity focuses on water reuse in arid urban environments)
1430 Return to Hotel

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

0900 Presentation:
“Lessons in Sustainable Management of Ground Water and Economic Development from Arizona.” 
Ms Rita Maguire, former Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources
0945 Discussion


1030 Presentation: “Managing Salinity in an Urbanized Basin.” Professor Peter Fox, Arizona State University
Noon Lunch
1330 Depart for Tour of Granite Reef Underground Storage Project, part of the Salt River Project
1700 Return to Hotel
Thursday, August 28
A.M. Roundtable discussion of lessons and conclusions from field tours.
P.M. Free time for Iranian delegation
Friday, August 29
  Program Evaluation: Department of State and AED
Saturday, August 30
  Iranian delegation departs
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