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Water Agencies Conference Set
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California is losing an average of 1.3 million acre-feet of water each year thanks to untapped environmental flows, and it is expected that the state will lose more than 21,000 jobs every year over the course of 30 years with more than 11,000 being farmworker jobs, according to a new report. - photo by Photo Contributed

Four of California’s top decision makers on water within state government will speak during the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) 2019 Spring Conference and Exhibition May 7 through 10 in Monterey.

California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot will keynote a May 8 breakfast followed by California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Jared Blumenfeld speaking at a luncheon the same day. State Water Resources Control Board Chairman Joaquin Esquivel will speak at a May 9 breakfast. Department of Water Resources Director Karla Nemeth will participate in a Q&A discussion with ACWA Executive Director Dave Eggerton during a May 10 breakfast that concludes the conference.

How the administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom views policy on climate change will be among several topics addressed by speakers.

Overall, the conference will offer approximately 80 program sessions on issues including safe drinking water, groundwater sustainability, the Bay-Delta, legalized marijuana and water regulations, and how climate change affects atmospheric rivers.

The full conference program with event dates and specific times is available online:

ACWA’s 2019 Spring Conference & Exhibition runs Tuesday, May 7 through Friday, May 10 at the Monterey Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey.