SOURCE: Association of California Water Agencies

Association of California Water Agencies

November 30, 2015 12:13 ET

Water Leaders to Gather for "Game Changer" ACWA Fall Conference & Exhibition

More Than 1,600 Local Water Officials to Attend Dec. 1-4 Event in Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 30, 2015) - Local, state and federal water managers will explore some of California's most pressing water issues this week at the Association of California Water Agencies' 2015 Fall Conference & Exhibition Dec. 1-4 at the Renaissance and Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells.

From the latest on El Niño to mandatory conservation to new requirements for groundwater management, the conference, themed "2015: A Game Changer," will offer an array of programs, keynote addresses and panel discussions. Some of the topics explored will include the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014, the State Water Resource Control Board's emergency water conservation mandate and water pricing in times of drought.

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Dr. Michael Dettinger, research hydrologist with U.S. Geological Survey National Research Program, sharing insights on whether California will experience a Godzilla of an El Niño this winter or be stymied by the warm weather "blob" off the West Coast that has kept storms at bay in recent years. Dettinger will speak at the conference opening breakfast Wednesday, Dec. 2.
  • California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird providing an overview on the California Water Action Plan, the Brown Administration's comprehensive statewide water plan for a resilient water future. Laird will speak at the general luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 2.
  • Former U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt offering his unique perspective on water issues and the environment during keynote remarks at lunch on Thursday, Dec. 3.
  • State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus discussing the state's water conservation regulations and whether they will continue in 2016, during a town hall session Thursday, Dec. 3.

Conference program details are available here.

ACWA is a statewide association of public agencies whose 440 members are responsible for about 90% of the water delivered in California. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Lisa Lien-Mager
    Director of Communications
    530/902-3815 (cell)