Managing Water and Farmland Transitions in the San Joaquin Valley

Irrigating farmland

Event Details

Date: September 20, 2023

Time: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Note: This is hybrid attendance event, in-person and virtual. 

Location: California State University, Fresno Lynda and Stewart Resnick Student Union 5244 N. Jackson Ave. Fresno, CA 93740

About the event

The San Joaquin Valley, vital to California’s communities, agriculture, and economy, faces pressing challenges in achieving groundwater sustainability. A recent study by the PPIC highlights these issues and suggests actionable solutions. An upcoming event will facilitate a dialogue between the study’s authors and a diverse panel of state and local experts to address these challenges and chart a sustainable future for the region.

Event Highlights:

  • Co-hosted by Fresno State’s California Water Institute, Central Valley Community Foundation, and the PPIC Water Policy Center.
  • Key funding from Babbitt Center, S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, California Department of Food and Agriculture, US Department of Agriculture, and California Strategic Growth Council’s Climate Change Research Program.
  • Focus: Groundwater challenges, key issues, and actionable solutions for the San Joaquin Valley.
  • Moderated panel discussions on various topics

Event Speakers: (Click here to view their portraits and read their biography)

  • Eric Averett, Atlas Water, LLC
  • Andrew Ayres, Public Policy Institute of California
  • Erica Brand, California Energy Commission
  • Don Cameron, Terranova Ranch, Inc.
  • Kassy Chauhan, North Kings Groundwater Sustainability Agency
  • Ernest Conant, Bureau of Reclamation
  • Alvar Escriva-Bou, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Allison Febbo, Westlands Water District
  • Aaron Fukuda, Tulare Irrigation District
  • Ellen Hanak, Public Policy Institute of California
  • Ann Hayden, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, California State University, Fresno
  • Rey León, Mayor of Huron
  • Karla Nemeth, California Department of Water Resources
  • Caitlin Peterson, Public Policy Institute of California
  • Sonia Sanchez, Self-Help Enterprises
  • Ashley Swearengin, Central Valley Community Foundation
  • Sarah Woolf, Water Wise


JOIN THE CONVERSATION on X (formerly Twitter): Use hashtags #PPICevents #CAwater

Livestream: Can’t make it in person? Join us online! The event will be livestreamed here.

Mark your calendars and be part of the solution to managing our precious resources. We look forward to seeing you there.