Top Corps of Engineers Leader to Deliver Conference Keynote by Will Holbert Oct 30, 2019 Water News A national expert in Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations has joined the lineup of keynote speakers at the 2019 ACWA Fall Conference & Exhibition Dec. 3-6. Army Corps of Engineers Division Chief Cary Talbot will deliver the Dec. 5 keynote address. He oversees the Corps’ Flood and Storm Protection Division in the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, supervising more than 100 scientists, engineers and technicians. As part of his job, he manages the Corps’ Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations (FIRO) Program. At the Thursday Luncheon, Talbot will discuss FIRO opportunities, the impact of atmospheric rivers, forecast informed planning and operations and technology advances. With FIRO, increasing accuracy in long-range forecasting of atmospheric rivers is allowing greater flexibility in how to maximize flood protection and water storage. He joins award-winning California political journalist and current Los Angeles Times Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers as a confirmed keynote speaker. Myers is scheduled to address attendees at the Dec. 6 Hans Doe Past Presidents’ Breakfast in Partnership with ACWA JPIA. Registration and hotel reservations are open at www.acwa.com/events. The deadline to register online is 4:30 p.m. Nov. 8, but onsite registration will be available during the conference. The conference returns to Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, where last year’s attendance of more than 1,830 made it among the most popular in recent memory. Themed “ACWA: Partnership in Action,” the conference will feature Statewide Issue Forums, Town Hall discussions, Region Programs and sessions covering a wide range of topics, ranging from current issues such as PFAS regulations and the Newsom Administration’s Water Resilience Portfolio, to ongoing developments in groundwater management, the Bay-Delta, and federal and state legislation. New this year, there will be an IT/Technology Track on Dec. 4 and a Human Resources Track on Dec. 5, both comprised of two programs. The new tracks will help diversify the range of information provided to attendees. The conference also gives member agency employees opportunities to earn continuing education hours through programs for drinking water operators and in the energy and financial fields. Additionally, an estimated 100 vendors will host displays on water industry products and services in the Exhibit Hall. The pre-conference Legal Briefing and CLE Workshop, held Dec. 3, will offer continuing legal education that qualifies for California State Bar MCLE credit. There is discounted pricing available for those attending both the workshop and conference.