GrowRIVERSIDE seeks to foster a local food and agriculture system that benefits the community, environment and economy.
California is in a drought crisis and urban water providers have been ordered to reduce demands by as much as 36%. Statewide, farmers are facing curtailments to their surface water rights and are rapidly depleting their local groundwater basins. Riverside, fortunately, is blessed with a secure, local, and sustainable groundwater supply, in no small part due to its agricultural heritage.
To explore the latest water challenges and opportunities for local agriculture in Riverside and beyond, please join us at the upcoming GrowRIVERSIDE Conference: The Future of Local Food on June 11 – 13 at The Riverside Convention Center where a panel of water experts will come together to discuss current water policy, the impact of the drought on growers in the city, region and state, and how growers can use water efficiently and economically.
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About the Water Panelists:
Kevin S. Milligan was named the Deputy General Manager for Riverside Public Utilities in December 2014. He also serves as the Assistant General Manager in charge of Water Delivery. He started his career with RPU in 1984 as an entry level engineering aide, advancing steadily to principal water engineer before joining the executive management staff in 2005.
Craig Miller, a veteran engineering professional with more than 25 years of experience, serves as Western’s deputy general manager. He’s responsible for assisting with managing the day-to-day activities of the District, including oversight of Operations, Engineering, Community Affairs and Water Resources.
Justin Scott-Coe, Public Affairs Director for the Monte Vista Water District, has over 11 years of experience in water resource management and public affairs program development. During his eight years at the District, Mr. Scott-Coe has served in and now manages the Public Affairs Department, providing public information, water resource planning, and demand management services.
Celeste Cantu is the General Manager, for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority and the Integrated Regional Watershed Management Plan called One Water One Watershed (OWOW) that addresses multiple issues and achieve sustainability in the Santa Ana River Watershed. Ms. Cantu has served as the Executive Director for the California State Water Resources Control Board and served as the USDA Rural Development State Director for California during the Clinton Administration.
GrowRIVERSIDE is only 14 days away and limited tickets remain
Register Here: http://growriverside.eventbrite.com
Full Conference Program: http://growriverside.com/program
Additional Confirmed GrowRIVERSIDE Speakers:
Elvis Cordova – Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at USDA; AG Kawamura – Former Secretary of California Dept. of Food and Agriculture and Co-chair of Solutions From the Land; Gail Egenes – Executive Director of Riverside Land Trust; Don Webber – Partner at Cultivating Good and Owner of Harvest 2U; Tracy Kahn – Curator of the UCR Citrus Variety Collection;Bob Knight – Founder of Inland Orange Conservancy and Old Grove Orange, Inc.;Fortino Morales III – UC Riverside Community Garden Coordinator; Rishi Kumar – Founder of The Growing Home; Rodney K. Taylor – Director of Nutrition Services, for the Riverside Unified School District; Kathleen Reed – Sustainable Food Program Manager at Kaiser Permanente; Paul Smith – Economic Development Specialist at US Small Business Administration; Robert Egger – Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen; Erika Block – Founder and CEO of Local Orbit . . . and more!