Condor Sponsors Distinguished Scientist for Community Meeting on Watershed Stewardship

Posted on 2/8/2016 by Condor Earth

2016 Darcy Lecturer Dr. Ferré, will be at the Watershed Stewardship Community Meeting at Bret Harte High School's Multi-Purpose Room on February 11th, from 7:00-8:30 pm, discussing "Practical Decisions for Good Policy Making from Sound Science." Stakeholders, ranchers, fire victims, water and land managers, government officials and the general public are encouraged to attend. Dr. Ferré's visit is sponsored by Condor Earth, Columbia College, and the NGWA.

International Expert in Groundwater

to Speak at Angels Camp

WHO:        Condor Earth Technologies and Calaveras County Community

WHAT:       Free Meeting with International Hydrology Expert Dr. Ty Ferré

WHERE:     Multi-Purpose Room, Bret Harte High School

WHEN:       Thursday, February 11, 7-8:30 pm

CONTACT:  Dr. John Kramer, Condor Earth Technologies, 209-536-7345

Dr. Ferré specializes in groundwater studies and the use of innovations and information to resolve ground water conflicts and policy issues. As the featured speaker for the groundwater association’s 2016 Darcy Lecture Series, he will make appearances at colleges, universities, and at community and professional forums throughout the world this year. His visit to Columbia College follows an appearance at Stanford University, and is co-sponsored by Columbia College, the Columbia College Foundation, and Condor Earth Technologies, a Sonora-based geologic and environmental consulting firm which arranged Ferré’s presentation here.

“The Butte Fire damage and ongoing recovery from the Rim Fire have raised local awareness of soil erosion, debris flows hazards, changing weather patterns, and watershed management,” said Dr. John H. Kramer, Condor’s principal hydrogeologist and an expert on groundwater issues. “Condor realized that this year’s 2016 Darcy Lecture topic related to our watershed concerns. Dr. Ferré will describe how computer models are used to predict a watershed’s response to changing conditions and he will address how good science can best assist those making public policy and fire recovery decisions.”

Kramer noted that Ferré agreed to include the Mother Lode in his lecture series because of the opportunity to meet with officials facing immediate and challenging watershed management decisions and community members impacted by fire and drought-related issues.

According to Columbia College Geology Professor Jeff Tolhurst, Dr. Ferré’s appearance is an excellent opportunity for students and local professionals to learn about cutting edge advancements in the field of water management at a critical time of drought and ground water depletion.

“The two big issues in California right now are drought and fire,” Tolhurst said. “We’re pleased to work with the Foundation and Condor, one of our local geo-tech consulting firms, to bring this world-renowned expert to speak to our students.”

Dr. Ferré puts a high priority on meeting with people outside of the university setting, including consulting hydrologists, other related scientists, regulators,stakeholders, or other groups that don't often get a chance to meet with a visiting hydrologist. Ferré’s Darcy lecture, “Seeing Things 
Differently: Rethinking the Relationship Between Data, Models, and Decision-Making” builds from the basic concepts of decision science to present concepts and recent developments in optimal design of monitoring networks. He discusses how models can be used for decision support under uncertainty. He will show that focusing analysis on the specific, practical problems of interest can guide optimal measurement selection, advance science, and improve the integration of science into economic and policy decisions.


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