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ACWA Virtual Fall Conference Features California Water Leaders

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) will host its 2020 Fall Virtual Conference and Exhibition on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 2 and 3 and include a post-election analysis among numerous forums and programs featuring the latest developments within California water.

The event temporarily replaces one of ACWA’s semi-annual in-person conferences and is the second virtual conference this year. As with all ACWA conferences, a line-up of keynote speakers will address attendees on a variety of top issues within the water industry.

Fall conference keynote speakers will include Daniel Swain, who will discuss climate change and a recent analysis released by the Union of Concerned Scientists. Also, California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Jared Blumenfeld will join California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot and California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross for a discussion on implementing Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Water Resilience Portfolio.

The conference opens Dec. 2 with a keynote address by Lucas Public Affairs Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Cassandra Pye, who will discuss leadership and the importance of racial and gender diversity in the workplace. Also, former ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn will speak as a Stanford University Fellow and deliver a keynote address on the evolution of effective water management in California.

Additionally, the virtual event will include forums and programs focused on top issues affecting California water agencies, including an expert panel on expected impacts stemming from the 2020 election from a state and national perspective. Forums and panels will also focus on wildfires, state funding for safe drinking water, COVID-19 financial consequences and U.S. Supreme Court rulings on water rights, among other topics.

The full conference program with event dates, specific times and a full list of keynote speakers is available online. The ACWA 2020 Fall Virtual Conference and Exhibition runs Wednesday, Dec. 2, 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; and Thursday, Dec. 3, 8 a.m. to noon.

ACWA is a statewide association of public agencies whose more than 450 members are responsible for about 90 percent of the water delivered in California. For more information, visit