Agriculture

Water information forum Sept. 17

Receive briefings from local experts on the status of the drought, water use, supplies, projects, assessments, regulations, resources, programs, legislation, conservation and more.

The San Benito County Business Council is hosting a water information forum from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 17 at San Juan Oaks, located at 3825 Union Road in Hollister. The cost to attend is $20 for Business Council members and $25 for non-members. Sponsorships are available for $250.

Registration closes Friday, September 11 and may be completed online.

The event will feature briefings from local experts on the status of the drought, water quality, use, innovations, supplies, projects, assessments, regulations, resources, programs, legislation, conservation and more. Further information on the event and sponsorship opportunities may be found on the Business Council’s website at SBCBusinessCouncil.com by contacting Executive Director Kristina Chavez Wyatt at (831) 524-0408 or [email protected].

The purpose of the event is to update businesses, leaders, staff and community on the status of regional water policy, quality, use, innovations and supply and how local agencies plan and manage water supply and quality projects. A panel of experts in water-related issues, agencies and business associations will be providing briefings and on hand to answer questions including San Benito County Water District General Manager Jeff Cattaneo, Sunnyslope County Water District General Manager Don Ridenhour, Hollister Urban Area Water Project Manager Harry Blohm, Interim San Benito County Planning Director Byron Turner, Grower Shipper Association Vice President Abby Taylor-Silva, San Benito County Farm Bureau President and farmer Richard Bianchi, Water Resources Association of San Benito County Water Conservation Program Manager Shawn Novack and Ventana Wildlife Society Executive Director Kelly Sorenson.

For more information on the agencies participating in the event program, see the websites linked above.

San Benito County Business Council

Established in 2002, the Business Council is a 501 C 6 non-profit organization comprised of more than 45 businesses, municipal, non-profit and community agencies, representing more than 2,500 employees in San Benito County and throughout the Monterey Bay region. The top 4 priority goals for 2021 identified by our member survey participants are as follows:

1. Retention, expansion, job creation and growth of existing businesses
2. EDC Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Implementation - New business attraction
3. Measure G Implementation, roads, transportation, decaying infrastructure
4. Building relations with elected officials and staff