2019 Fall Conference Around the Corner by Dave Eggerton Nov 15, 2019 Voices on Water A big part of every ACWA conference is the shared camaraderie between the leaders of our member agencies. It doesn’t matter if you serve customers in a big city, a small town, the high desert, or the Central Valley – if you’re in California water, you’re among your own. When you attend an ACWA conference, you are surrounded by people who respect the challenges we all face. Three days packed with committee meetings, forums, panel discussions and meal events, will provide a richly detailed picture of everything worth knowing in California water, above and below ground, technically and politically. You hear directly from experts who can inspire innovation at the agency level and throughout the state. This fall conference includes a General Session during which members will elect a new ACWA President and Vice President to lead the association over the next two years. Taking place after the Wednesday Luncheon, the slate includes current Vice President Steve LaMar as President and Region 5 Vice Chair Sarah Palmer for ACWA Vice President. In addition, we’re excited to roll out ACWA’s Five Year Strategic Plan which is the culmination of a year-long effort engaging the ACWA Board of Directors, members and staff. The Strategic Plan moves us away from two-year planning and shifts us towards long-term planning that positions ACWA to proactively address California’s water challenges. This year’s keynote speakers will offer statewide, national and international perspectives on water resilience. We’ll hear from one of the state’s leading experts on water rights, Alan Lilly, who was just appointed as the first Presiding Hearing Officer to lead the State Water Resource Control Board’s new Administrative Hearings Office. If the concept behind Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations – FIRO – interests you, you’ll get the latest information on how the Army Corps of Engineers views its potential from one of its top engineers, Cary Talbot. I’m especially looking forward to hearing from Sivan Cohen during the Wednesday Opening Breakfast. An Israeli engineer, she will share her perspective on about the only water situation in the world as challenging as California’s. Wrapping up the conference, one of the state’s leading journalists on state government, the Los Angeles Times’ John Myers will address the Friday ACWA/JPIA Hans Doe Past Presidents’ Breakfast. The prospect of learning and understanding more about our industry excites me. But what I’m really looking forward to is the opportunity to meet and hear from you, our members. See you in San Diego!