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Zooming Through California: Connecting ACWA Regions Tuesdays, Oct. 20 & 27 • Nov. 3 & 10 | 10:00 am   Experience region […]

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All 4 Sessions/Single Session (ACWA Member)


All 4 Sessions/Single Session (Non-Member)


Nov. 9 or Day Before Session Date


Zooming Through California: Connecting ACWA Regions

Tuesdays, Oct. 20 & 27 • Nov. 3 & 10 | 10:00 am


Experience region events as never before. ACWA Regions 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 are hosting a webinar series that will highlight a wide range of local and regional water issues, as well as spotlight ACWA member efforts to build regional partnerships and implement innovative solutions at the local level. 

For a single registration fee, attendees will have the opportunity to view multiple region programs and hear from issue experts, elected officials, and water leaders from across the state. This unique opportunity will provide attendees insight into the statewide significance of emerging regional issues.

Recording of the event series will be available Nov. 11 – 25 for paid attendees. Recording information will be emailed to each registrant. Registration questions, please contact Region and Member Engagement Specialist Ana Javaid

Oct. 20 • Region 3

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Economic Drivers of Sustainable Forest Management Matter for California’s Headwaters

Explore biomass project development in Region 3. Biomass projects can improve water quality and yield, reduce severe wildfire risk, provide reliable electricity generation, decrease GHG emissions, and increase economic opportunities in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), yet the projects remain exceedingly difficult to develop. This program will feature discussions on the link between forest health and water supply, the potential benefits of emergent biomass technologies fueled by sustainable forest management practices, as well as the obstacles that stand in the way.

Region 3 program agenda and material available HERE.

Economic Drivers of Sustainable Forest Management Matter for California’s Headwaters

Roger Bales, Distinguished Professor of Engineering, UC Merced

Forest Resilience & Restoration Wood Product

Dan Porter, Associate Director – Land Program, The Nature Conservancy

Steve Wilensky, Director, Calaveras Healthy Impact Products Solution

Willie Whittlesey, General Manager, Yuba Water Agency

Questions: Please contact Regional Affairs Representative Jennifer Rotz  or (916) 441-4545


Oct. 27 • Region 6 & 7

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

San Joaquin Valley Water Forum

Hear from industry experts and water leaders who will highlight innovative strategies, partnerships, and technologies designed to address the most urgent regional water management challenges affecting the San Joaquin Valley.

Regions 6 and 7 agenda and materials HERE!

Developing a Water Blueprint for the San Joaquin Valley Presentation 

Scott Hamilton, Technical Committee Chairman, Water Blueprint for the San Joaquin Valley

Management Zones (Nitrate Compliance) Presentation 

Charlotte Gallock, Director of Water Resources, Kings River Conservation District

Data Consolidation Presentation

Eric Averett, General Manager, Rosedale Rio Bravo Water Storage District

Bridging the gap between Agriculture and Disadvantaged Communities Presentation

Brian Skaggs, Civil Engineer, Summer Engineering

Questions: Contact Sr. Regional Affairs Representative Michael Cervantes or (916) 441-4545


Nov. 3 • Region 8

10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Developing a Recycled Water Supply through Regional Partnerships

Zoom through Region 8 and learn about the latest efforts to secure a safe, affordable, and resilient water supply by augmenting local water development through regional partnerships and investments in recycled water technology.

Learn about the Regional Recycled Water Program, Operation NEXT, and the Las Virgenes – Triunfo Pure Water Project.

Region 8 agenda and materials

Regional Recycled Water Program Presentation

Deven Upadhyay, Assistant General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Operation NEXT Presentation

Rafael Villegas, Program Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Pure Water Project Presentation

David Pedersen, General Manager, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District

Questions: Contact Regional Affairs Representative Augustine Han or (916) 441-4545


Nov. 10 • Region 5

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Continuing the Discussion: Regional Issues Affecting Our Communities

Join us for a program and virtual tour of Vandenberg Village Community Services District, including a look at its water storage tank rehabilitation efforts, and the Los Vaqueros Reservoir Facilities. Program panelists will also continue the discussion Region 5 started at its ACWA summer conference region issue forum on safe drinking water issues affecting disadvantaged communities. Panelists will provide their perspectives on how to effectively and efficiently address these issues and how we can better incorporate underserved groups into statewide policy decisions.

Region 5 agenda and materials

Vandenberg Villlage Community Services District Virtual Tour

Katherine A. Stewart, Director, Vanderberg Village Community Services District

Los Vaqueros Reservoir Facilities Virtual Tour

Ernesto A. Avila, Director, Contra Costa Water District

Safe Drinking Water Issues Affecting Disadvantage Communities 

Horacio Amezquita, General Manager, San Jerardo Cooperative Presentation

Ken Sansone, Partner, SL Environmental Law Group Presentation

Paul Boyer, Program Director, Community Development, Self-Help Enterprises Presentation

Cindy Tuck, Deputy Executive Director for Government Relations, ACWA  Presentation


Questions: Contact Regional Affairs Representative Jennifer Rotz or (916) 441-4545


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