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Water Stress and a Changing San Joaquin Valley

March 7, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Clovis Veterans Memorial District
808 4th Street, Liberty Ballroom
Clovis, CA

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About the Program

The latest drought has put a spotlight on the challenges of managing water scarcity in the San Joaquin Valley. The PPIC Water Policy Center and the California Water Institute at Fresno State will hold a free, half-day public event featuring panels of local leaders and experts to discuss key water issues facing the region. We’ll review the findings from a new PPIC report that highlights options for addressing challenges facing farms, communities, and ecosystems, while taking into account new opportunities for management under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

This research was supported with funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the TomKat Foundation, and the US Environmental Protection Agency.


California Water Institute at Fresno State
PPIC Water Policy Center


Blue Diamond Growers

Welcome and Introduction
Ellen Hanak, Center Director, PPIC Water Policy Center.
Balancing the Valley's Water Supplies and Demands
Panel 1: Eric Averett of Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District, Michael Frantz of Turlock Irrigation District and Stuart Woolf of Woolf Farming and Processing. Ellen Hanak of PPIC Water Policy Center moderates.
Improving the Quality of the Valley's Water, Air, and Habitat
Panel 2: Chuck Ahlem of Hilmar Cheese Company, Maria Herrera of Self-Help Enterprises, Karl Longley of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board and Michelle Selmon of the California Department of Water Resources. Thomas Harter of UC Davis moderates.
Recognizing the Changes and Crafting Solutions for the Future
Panel 3: Emmy Cattani of Cattani Farms, Randy Fiorini of the Delta Stewardship Council, Dave Orth of New Current Water and Land, LLC and Ashley Swearengin of the Central Valley Community Foundation. Sarge Green of California Water Institute at Fresno State moderates.


Lori Pottinger
Media Contact
Carlos Torres
Event Contact



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