Get Involved in the Flood-MAR Network

Flooded agricultural field along Woodbridge Road in Lodi, California (DWR, 2019).

Who We Are

The Flood-MAR Network is a vibrant collaboration of individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting Flood-MAR implementation in California.

Network Related Events and Activities

Monthly Lunch-MAR Webinars

Lunch-MAR webinars take place the first Wednesday of each month. In these webinars, network members and invited guests present on and discuss a wide range of topics relevant to Flood-MAR, ranging from water rights to geophysics.

To join a Lunch-MAR Session, please use this registration link

Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 12:30PM -1:30PM

Nature-based Solutions for Landscape-Scale Resilience

Presenter: Dr. Todd Bridges, Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems College of Engineering  |  University of Georgia

Interactions among hazards, climate change, legacy engineering and landscape transformation are creating a host of economic, environmental, and societal challenges.  Nature-based Solutions are receiving increasing attention, nationally and internationally, as critical to reducing risks and creating resilience.  The presentation will present opportunities, challenges, and case examples from around the world on the use of Nature-based Solution for more resilient systems and landscapes.

[No July Lunch-MAR Session due to Holiday]

Wednesday, August 7, 2024, 12:30PM -1:30PM

Merced River Watershed Flood-MAR Reconnaissance Study

Presenters: California Department of Water Resources

A recently completed first-of-its-kind study, the Merced River Watershed Flood-MAR Reconnaissance Study, looks at projected climate change impacts in the Merced watershed and how strategies like Flood-Managed Aquifer Recharge and others can help reduce flood risk, improve water supply, replenish groundwater supplies, and support ecosystems in the Merced River watershed. 

Quarterly Flood-MAR Network Workshops

All Flood-MAR Network members are invited to attend quarterly workshops. These workshops provide opportunities for members to engage in conversations and collaborate on Flood-MAR projects. The next Workshop is in Winter 2023/24, date TBD. 


FIRO-MAR Learning Group

The FIRO-MAR learning group is dedicated to sharing information on the latest advancements in linking forecast-informed reservoir operations (FIRO) with Flood-MAR. This group meets the second Wednesday of each month.

A panoramic view of the water release from Lake Natoma at Nimbus Dam in Sacramento County, California as a precaution against flooding after an atmospheric river storm
dumped heavy rain and snow across Northern California (
DWR, 2019).

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Coordinating Team

The Coordinating Team supports the Flood-MAR Network to ensure that the Network is effective in promoting the implementation of Flood-MAR projects throughout California. The Coordinating Team helps identify emerging and priority topics that should be brought to the Network for discussion and further action. Coordinating team members meet monthly, and team membership rotates annually.

If you are interested in joining the Coordinating Team, contact [email protected]

2024 Coordinating Team Members:

Adam Hutchinson, Orange County Water District
Aysha Massell, Sustainable Conservation
Cliff Feldheim, Ducks Unlimited
Duncan Axisa, UC San Diego
Eric Ginney, ESA Associates
Glen Low, Earth Genome
Graham Fogg, UC Davis
Dr. Helen Dahlke, UC Davis
Jamie Cameron-Harley, California Department of Water Resources
Jenny Marr, California Department of Water Resources
Jesse Roseman, Grower
Kamyar Guivetchi, California Department of Water Resources
Kristan Culbert, American Rivers
Meredith Goebel-Szenher, Stanford University
Michael Founds, cbec eco engineering
Philip Bachand, Bachand Associates
Samuel Cunningham, Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group
Sarah Puckett, American Rivers
Scott Bradford, US Department of Agriculture – ARS, SAWS Unit

Action Teams

Action Teams are collaborations of volunteer Flood-MAR Network members who seek to identify and advance a particular product, project, or initiative over the next one to two years. The six Action Teams emerged from discussions during the March 2023 quarterly Flood-MAR Network workshop, demonstrating a desire to leverage the collective resources of the Network, turn ideas into tangible outputs to benefit the Flood-MAR community, and ultimately advance Flood-MAR statewide.

The Action Teams are:

  • Estimating Recharge – seeks to identify best approaches for the practical estimation of aquifer recharge. 
  • Incentives for Flood-MAR – expands information-sharing regarding existing and previous incentives programs and generates ideas for new incentives or strategies. 
  • Water Quality Monitoring – identifies considerations for managing or mitigating contaminants under flooded conditions, and compiles data to support agencies in developing best practices, guidance, and models for Flood-MAR. 
  • Instream Flows - considers how to balance water used for recharge and instream ecological needs during Flood-MAR project operations. 
  • Assessing Policy – explores ways to further leverage opportunities and/or address barriers to effective State support and coordination. 
  • Website – manages content and maintains updates to the website. The Flood-MAR website was formally released to the public October 10th, 2023 (read the Flood-MAR HUB press release here).

We invite you learn more and consider joining an upcoming meeting if your work (or your curiosity) intersects with the goals of an Action Team. Our work is improved when our expertise and experience are shared!

To join or be added to an Action Team email roster and learn of upcoming meetings and efforts, please drop us a note at [email protected].

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Coachella Valley Water District’s Thomas E. Levy Groundwater Replenishment Facility in Coachella, Calif.

Photo Credit: DWR