California’s drought will be the focus of the 2014 Water Technology Conference, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday May 8 at the Clovis Veteran’s Memorial Building. Presented by the International Center for Water Technology, the conference features technical speakers, over 40 exhibitors, poster sessions and networking opportunities.

“The drought is on everyone’s mind. This year’s conference will provide an important opportunity to learn from researchers, industry and water managers about the San Joaquin Valley’s water resources and what we can expect in the future,” said David Zoldoske, director of the International Center for Water Technology.

The event kicks off with a morning session featuring two panel discussions:

  • Water Resources and Sustainable Agriculture:  Panelists include Eduardo Montoya, California State University, Bakersfield; Rob Negrini, California State University, Bakersfield; and Tom Tomich, University of California, Davis.
  • Water Supplies and the Future: Panelists include Kamyar Guivetchi, Department of Water Resources; Martin Querin, City of Fresno; and Andrew Stone, American Ground Water Trust.

Bill Phillimore, executive vice president for Paramount Farming Co., will give the keynote address focusing on the “Challenges for Irrigated Agriculture.” Phillimore is responsible for administration for the company, including water and power issues. He is also President of Belridge Water Storage District and Chairman of the Kern Water Bank Authority.

Afternoon sessions address groundwater, on-farm irrigation technology, urban water use and water treatment.

Attendee registration is $125 and includes access to the exhibits, plenary and concurrent sessions and the keynote lunch.

Exhibitor registration is $325 and includes one event registration, a six-foot skirted table and two chairs.

A $750 sponsorship level and other sponsorship opportunities are also available.

In addition to the American Groundwater Trust, conference partners include the Fresno Regional Workforce Investment Board and the International Center for Water Technology at Fresno State.

To register or for more information, visit or or call 559.278. 2066.

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