Water and the Future of the San Joaquin Valley

The San Joaquin Valley—California’s largest agricultural region and an important contributor to the nation’s food supply—is in a time of great change and growing water stress. New cooperative approaches are needed to bring groundwater basins into balance, provide safe drinking water, and manage water and land to benefit people and nature. Authors of a new PPIC study and a diverse group of experts will discuss key issues and solutions to some of the valley’s looming challenges.

This event is co-hosted by Fresno State’s California Water Institute and the PPIC Water Policy Center. The research was supported with funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the TomKat Foundation, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Agriculture, and the Water Foundation.

Please register in advance. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. This event will also be webcast live.


  • Eric Averett, general manager, Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District
  • Katarina Buelna Campbell, supervisor of resources, Westlands Water District
  • Vito Chiesa, supervisor, Stanislaus County
  • David Cory, consulting attorney and farmer
  • Helen Dahlke, associate professor in integrated hydrologic sciences, UC Davis
  • Alvar Escriva-Bou, research fellow, PPIC Water Policy Center
  • Thomas Esqueda, associate vice president for water and sustainability, Fresno State
  • Michael Frantz, co-owner, Frantz Wholesale Nursery
  • Veronica Garibay, co-director, Leadership Council for Justice and Accountability
  • Sarge Green, project director, Center for Irrigation Technology, Fresno State
  • Ellen Hanak, center director, PPIC Water Policy Center
  • Robert M. Harper, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Fresno State
  • Bernard Jimenez, assistant director, Fresno County Department of Public Works and Planning
  • Mas Masumoto, author and farmer
  • Soapy Mulholland, executive director, Sequoia Riverlands Trust
  • Ric Ortega, general manager, Grassland Water District
  • Anja Raudabaugh, chief executive officer, Western United Dairymen
  • Jon Reiter, chief executive officer, Maricopa Orchards
  • Nathaniel Seavy, research director, Point Blue Conservation Science

Event Details

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm 
Location: California State University, Fresno
Satellite Student Union
2485 E San Ramon Avenue
Fresno, CA 93740