March 4, 2020
                                               Presented by the Water Association of Kern County



Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM PST
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Mechanics Bank Arena (formerly Rabobank Arena) 
1001 Truxtun Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93301

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Beth Pandol 
Water Association of Kern County 

Tickets on sale now!
WAKC Members - $100
After February 20 - $125
Non-Members - $125
After February 20 - $150   
Tables of Eight - $800
After February 20 - $900

7 a.m. - 2 p.m
Mechanics Bank Arena

1001 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, CA 
Bakersfield, CA 93301

A discussion about California's most critical water issues - urban, ag and industrial with am amazing array of speakers. Topics include endangered species issues, urban water challenges, the oil/water nexus, and an out-of-the box panel discussion on how California could fix its water problems. Don't miss this important event!

Agenda (subject to change)
7:00 a.m    Check-in/Breakfast/Vendor Showcase
8 :00 a.m    Opening Remarks, Mayor Karen Goh

8:15 a.m.    The King Has No Clothes - The San Joaquin  Valley Blueprint
                    Eric Averett, Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District
8:45 a.m.    Urban Water Challenges
                   Justin Skarb, California Water Service, Director of Governmental Affairs
9:15 a.m.     Oil and Water: An Update from California’s Energy Industry
                    Christine Luther Zimmerman, Technical and Regulatory Affairs,                              Western States Petroleum Association
9:45 a.m.    Break/Vendor Showcase
10:15 a.m.   Species Status
                     A panel discussion on how California is managing endangered  
                     Ellen Hanak, Public Policy Center

                     Ann Hayden,Senior Director, Western Water & Resilient Landscapes
                     Ecosystems Program, Environmental Defense Fund

                     Scott Hamilton, Hamilton Resource Economics
11:00 a.m.     Keynote Address
                      Infrastructure - What’s on tap for California
                      Armando Quintero, California Water Commission
Noon             Lunch/Vendor Showcase
1:00 p.m.    The Magic Water Wand: A high powered, out-of- the box panel
                    discussion on fixing California’s water challenges.

                    Tim Quinn - Retired, Association of California  Water Agencies,
                    Metropolitan Water District of
Southern California, Stanford Program
                    on Water in the West

                    Celeste Cantu - San Diego Water Quality Control Board and Water
                    Education for Latinos
                    Felicia Marcus - Former Chair, State Water Resources Control Board

                   Jerry Meral - Former California Department of Water Resources,
                   Planning and Conservation League, Environmental Defense Fund

2:00 p.m.    Opportunity Drawing/Adjournment