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2018 Kern County Water Summit – Tickets on sale now

The Kern County Water Summit, March 7, 2018 promises a day filled with interesting and informative speakers and panels on a variety of water topics. Get your tickets now by clicking on this link.

Speaker list (subject to change)

10 a.m. Atmospheric Rivers and Droughts with Dash of Climate Change
Dr. Mike Dettinger, Senior Research Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Carson City, NV

10:30 a.m. Breakout sessions
Your Groundwater Rights versus SGMA
Roger Masuda, Attorney, Griffith & Masuda, Turlock, CA
Produced Water: Challenges and Potential
Dick Diamond, Manager, North Kern Water Storage District, Bakersfield, CA; Justin Salters, CalFlows, Bakersfield, CA; Moderator – Joe Ashley, Director of Regulatory Affairs, California Resources Corporation, Bakersfield, CA.

11:15 a.m. Living and Working with Regulated Groundwater
Robert Sakata, Farmer, Brighton, CO; Ron Rayner, Farmer, Goodyear, AZ; Kody Bessent, Vice President of Operations and Legislative Affairs, Plains Cotton Growers, Lubbock, TX; Tom Neisler, General Manager, Tehachapi-Cummings Water District, Tehachapi, CA. Moderator – Terry Erlewine, Principal Engineer, Provost & Pritchard, Modesto, CA.

NOON Lunch

12:30 p.m. The Challenge of our Time: Healthy Economies and Sustainable Groundwater
Tim Quinn, Executive Director, Association of California Water Agencies,
Sacramento, CA.

1:15 p.m. California WaterFix – Is the Fix In?
Mark Cowin, Senior Consultant, GEI, Sacramento, CA; Barbara Barrigan-Parilla, CEO, Restore the Delta, Stockton, CA; Tom Birmingham, General Manager, Westlands Water District, Fresno, CA. Moderator – Curtis Creel, General Manager, Kern County Wate Agency, Bakersfield, CA.

2:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Considerations and Complications of an Urban Water Use Tax/ SB-623
Jonathan Nelson, Policy Director, Community Water Center, Sacramento, CA; Mike Turnipseed, Executive Director, KernTax, Bakersfield, CA ; Dave Puglia, Executive Vice President, Western Growers Association; Justin Skarb, Director Of Community Affairs & Government Relations , Cal Water Service; Moderator – Harry Starkey, Manager, West Kern Water District, Taft, CA.
Water Bond Initiative for November ballot
Gerry Meral, Director, California Water Program, Natural Heritage Institute, San Francisco, CA; Jason Phillips, CEO, Friant Water Authority, Lindsay, CA.

3 p.m. Closing Keynote Address – tbd


Reception following conference sponsored by:


If you want to register via mail:

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For hotel information visit:

Booking Link: http://group.doubletree.com/WaterAssocofKC

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Bakersfield

Group Name: Water Assoc of KC

Beyond the Brink – Film Screening tickets

Exclusive Screening

Thursday, February 22, 2018

7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame, 2231 R St., Bakersfield
Open to the public, no cost to attend. Panel discussion to follow at 8 p.m.

“Beyond the Brink” presents a possible future world that no longer supplies enough food or water to sustain its inhabitants and the inevitable impact that is having on national and international security. The film focuses on California’s San Joaquin Valley and the ever-increasing difficulties for farmers and the local produce industry due to drought and water scarcity.

Click here for tickets – limit two per person.

Sponsored by

Water Tour April 28 – Register here

Thanks to an abundant snow and rainy season, Kern County is brimming with water. You can see evidence of this bounty in the Kern River, canals, ponds and water banks. Have you wondered where the water is coming from, where it’s going and where it will be used?

Join the Water Association of Kern County for a bus tour of local water projects, the Kern River and banking facilities to learn how they are operating in this wet year. Get a behind-the-scenes look at water management and see how Kern County benefits from this most welcome precipitation.


First Point of Measurement on the Kern River
Four Weirs
Water Hub – “The Spaghetti Bowl” – at Coffee Road and Truxtun Extension
Kern Water Bank

$15 box lunch
Register here
(Please wear closed toe, comfortable walking shoes)

Tour begins at 9 a.m. at Mill Creek Park, 21st & R St. in Bakersfield. Park your vehicle there. Bus will depart at 9 a.m. and return at approximately 4 p.m.

Water Summit Presentations

Here are the presentations from the Kern County Water Summit.

Curtis Creel – Kern County Water Agency

Jason Meadors – City of Bakersfield

Jason Pucheu-Maricopa Orchards

Jenifer Pitcher-Western States Petroleum Association

John Austin-Author

Nick Ortiz-Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce

Richard Chapman-Kern Economic Development Corp.

Susan Cordone-Cal Water Service

Tricia Wathen-State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water

Kern County Water Summit draws big crowd

A crowd of almost 400 gathered at the DoubleTree Hotel on March1 for the first Kern County Water Summit. The Water Association of Kern County would like to thank the sponsors, speakers, attendees, volunteers and committee members who so generously contributed to the event. Photos coming soon.

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