Top City and water agency officials will address California's historical drought, its anticipated impacts and water supply actions during World Ag Expo's Water Forum on Thursday, February 13th, from 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the International Agri-Center's Heritage Complex, 4500 South Laspina Street, Tulare, California.
High state and federal water representatives will be participating. Governor Brown and Resources Secretary John Laird have also been invited. The master of ceremonies will be KMPH TV news anchor, Rich Rodriguez As California faces the worst drought in decades, the Central Valley will once again be ground zero for water supply shortages and economic impacts due to the combination of lack of rain, snow, low reservoir levels, major declines in its groundwater levels and the ongoing shifting of its reliable water supplies to the environment. City officials and farmers will discuss their concerns, challenges and will be asking for help from State and Federal Water Departments through a panel moderated by Mario Santoyo, Executive Director of the California Latino Water Coalition.
The World Ag Expo Water Forum will then bring together high level policy and technical representatives from the state and federal governments as well as key water agencies to discuss and answer questions through a panel moderated by Tim Quinn, executive director, Association of California Water Agencies. A number of elected officials are expected to attend. Time will also be devoted for audience questions.
Panel members include:
Mayor Gabriel Jimenez, City of Orange Cove Mayor Robert Silva, City of Mendota Shawn Coburn, Farmer Joe Del Bosque, Farmer John Harris, Harris Ranch Mark Watte, Farmer Manuel Cuhna, Neisi Farmers League Tom Birmingham, Westlands Water DistrictRon Jacobsma, Friant Water Authority Dan Nelson, Delta Mendota Water Users Authority Steve Chedester, San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Steve Haugan, Kings River Water Association David Murillo, US Bureau of Reclamation, Regional Director Mid Pacific Region Dorene D'Adamo, California Water Resources Control Board Member