Packed Agenda & Exciting Speakers Featured!
Deadline to Register Online – Thursday, August 1
Hotel Deadline to Receive Discounted Room Rate Extended!
Join us on August 14 in beautiful Ventura County to hear from a variety of expert speakers on topics such as chromium-6, UCMR3 and salt/nutrient management plans.
The keynote lunch speaker is Director Mark Nechodom of the California Department of Conservation. You will hear from Director Nechodom on a variety of issues including DOGGR’s upcoming fracking regulations, farmland conservation and other DOC programs that impact California’s groundwater resources. Nechodom has dedicated his professional life to integrating conservation, regulation and development right where it matters the most: on the land, on the farm, and in the forest. His mission has been to inspire sustainable production and practices while maintaining a sensible balance between economic opportunities, environmental health and human well-being. Nechodom’s background serves the Department well as he leads DOC’s four divisions, unified by the mission of Managing California’s Working Lands.
Prior to his recent appointment as DOC Director, Mark was a Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). He also served as Director of the Office of Environmental Markets at USDA, and as the Senior Climate Science Policy Advisor to the Chief of the US Forest Service. Mark was the USDA representative on the team that negotiated the greenhouse gas reporting protocol for forestry for California’s Climate Action Reserve, and provided scientific and technical support to the California Air Resources Board and the Board of Forestry in the development of the state climate strategy under AB 32 (the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006).
In the mid-1990’s, Mark helped to establish the California Biodiversity Council, which has continued to provide a forum for California’s local, state and federal conservation leadership for over two decades. He was the founder and co-director of the Land Use and Natural Resources program at UC Davis, a program that has provided training and certification for over 4,000 professional state and federal land and resource planners working across the US.
In addition, we are fortunate to have Joseph Byrne, Chair of the California Water Commission, join us for the closing panel on the future of groundwater management. Chairman Byrne is an of counsel attorney in the law office of Best, Best & Krieger, LLP and is a member of the firm’s Environmental & Natural Resources Law, Special Districts, Municipal, and Business Services practice groups. Previously, he was a partner in a leading public law firm. He also worked in the California State Assembly from 1998-2002, where he served as counsel and chief water and public safety policy consultant to the Speaker of the Assembly. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Tierra del Sol Foundation.
Chairman Byrne will be joined by a local groundwater manager and a regulator to discuss the future of groundwater resources and regulations in California.
Special note: On August 13 we will hold the Groundwater Committee meeting in the same location, which will feature a number of presentations from local groundwater managers. The meeting is open to Summit attendees. Click HERE for the committee agenda.
To see more information on the panels and to register, please click HERE. The room block has been extended to August 7th. So if you act fast you can still get the great hotel rate.
Hope to see you there!!
This program has been approved for 5 hours of California Department of Public Health water treatment/distribution contact hours.