April 21, 2017 April 21, 2017

2017 San Benito County Water Forum

Hear from federal, state and local experts status of agricultural water allocations, the drought, local flooding, groundwater sustainability, water supply & quality projects and more!

The San Benito County Business Council is hosting the 2017 San Benito County Water Information Forum to update farmers, businesses, leaders, staff and community on the status of agricultural water allocations, the drought, local flooding, federal, state, regional and local water agencies, implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), related issues, local supplies, projects, policy, quality, use and conservation. A panel of experts will be providing briefings and on hand to answer questions including Congress Member Jimmy Panetta, State Assembly Member Anna Caballero, San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority Water Policy Administrator Ara Azhderian, San Benito County Water District General Manager Jeff Cattaneo, Sunnyslope County Water District General Manager Don Ridenhour, Aromas Water District General Manager Vicki Morris, Todd Groundwater President Dr. Iris Priestaf, Veolia Hollister Domestic Water Recycling Facility Project Manager Jim Heitzman, Grower Shipper Association Vice President Abby Taylor-Silva, San Benito County Farm Bureau Past President and farmer Richard Bianchi, Water Resources Association of San Benito County Water Conservation Program Manager Shawn Novack, Hollister City Manager Bill Avera and San Juan Bautista City Manager Roger Grimsley.

Event sponsors include the San Benito County Farm Bureau, Veolia Water North America, Central Ag Supply, Pacific Scientific, Graniterock, Gavilan College, Sierra Pacific Associates, TriCal, Inc., Todd Groundwater and The Garden Mart.

The event will be hosted from 7:30AM to 11:00AM on Friday, April 21 at San Juan Oaks Golf Club located at 3825 Union Road in Hollister and includes a light breakfast. Admission is $35 discounted to $25 for Business Council members. Sponsorships are available for $500. Registration closes Tuesday, April 18 and may be completed online at Check out the Business Council Facebook Page or contact Business Council Executive Director Kristina Chavez Wyatt for further information at (831) 524-0408 or [email protected]

The Business Council hosted their first Water Forum in September of 2015 which was very well received. See BenitoLink’s coverage of that event including CMAP video coverage at This event has been coordinated in response to requests from local government, water agency, agricultural, community, land use and business leaders to share facts and resources, identify issues and opportunities and collaboratively form solutions. 


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