Past Events:

California Water Data Consortium April 2024 Data for Lunch

Apr 16 2024
The California Water Data Consortium is proud to host a presentation by CalMatters on their water and drought tracker.

Data for Lunch Series

This event is part of the Consortium’s Data for Lunch series, which provides an opportunity to learn about innovative water data-related projects.

Date: April 16th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, with additional Q&A from 1-1:30pm

Presenters (in alphabetical order):

  • Jeremia Kimelman, Data Journalist, CalMatters
  • John Osborn D’Agostino, Data and Interactives Editor, CalMatters

Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome and introduction (10 mins)
  • Presentation (30 mins)
  • Facilitated discussion (15 mins)
  • Additional Q&A time (30 mins)

Presentation Title: Sluicing and slicing: How CalMatters pooled water data from across the state to visualize the wet and dry seasons

Presentation Recording:

Presentation Summary

CalMatters is a nonpartisan and nonprofit news organization bringing Californians stories that probe, explain and explore solutions to quality of life issues while holding our leaders accountable. We created our water and drought tracker to show our readers that the water they drink starts in the sky and ends in the hundreds of miles of aqueducts crisscrossing the state, or in an aquifer buried deep underground. The dashboard funnels many data points collected by public agencies telling different pieces of this story into a straightforward explanation about how the state is doing when it comes to water management and access. We weave data visualizations and interactive elements into a visual explainer that dives into issues pertaining to surface water, groundwater and water usage. We’ll walk people through the dashboard and have a conversation about the state of water data in California.

Presenter Bios

Jeremia Kimelman is a data journalist who uses code and data to make policy and politicians easier to understand. He was previously a graphics editor at the COVID Tracking Project and a data journalist at NBC News covering elections and national politics. He grew up in California and is excited to be back home after an extended time as a New Yorker. When he isn’t on the computer you can find him out in the garden or on a bicycle.

John Osborn D’Agostino is the Data and Interactives Editor at CalMatters. He’s an award-winning data journalist, web developer and game designer. Previously, he’s worked with The Hechinger Report, EdSource, the East Bay Express, Berkeleyside, and the North Coast Journal. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.


Learn about future events by subscribing to the California Water Data Consortium’s listserve here.

Available Materials:

  • CalMatters-Data-for-Lunch-PPT.pdf