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Virtual Conference Features National Water Leaders

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) will host its 2020 Summer Virtual Conference and Exhibition on Wednesday and Thursday, July 29 and 30. California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis and four top decision makers within the state’s water industry will address attendees.

The virtual event temporarily replaces one of ACWA’s biannual in-person conferences. Kounalakis will open the conference with a morning address on July 29, followed by an afternoon keynote speech by California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot. The following day will feature keynote addresses from U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman, State Water Resources Control Board Chairman Joaquin Esquivel and Department of Water Resources Director Karla Nemeth.

As with traditional ACWA conferences, the virtual event will include forums and discussion panels on top issues affecting California water agencies, such as Bay-Delta policy, groundwater management, safe drinking water, water quality regulations and the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on water agencies.

The full conference program with event dates and specific times is available online. 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