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    Engineering, Law Schools to Hold Forum to Explore California’s Water Woes

    Feb 9, 2010

    Pressing legal, economic and environmental issues in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties will be discussed in a forum at McGeorge School of Law. The event, "California Water: After the 2009 Legislative Water Package, where are we and where do we go from here?," is free and open to the public.

    The Natural Resources InstituteIt starts at 9 a.m. and continues till 1 p.m. on Feb. 22, in the Lecture Hall at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Advance reservations are strongly suggested.

    "The goal of the forum is to foster debate of California's water issues by interested parties with differing views," said Margit Aramburu, director of the Natural Resources Institute at University of the Pacific. "The forum will help us assess where we are right now, what needs to be done, and how we prepare for the future, especially in light of the 2009 Legislative Water Package."
    The 2009 California Legislative Water Package was passed in November of last year and includes an $11.14 billion water bond and policy bills on Delta governance, conservation, groundwater monitoring and water rights. Praised by some politicians as the first comprehensive set of laws to address California's water woes, some have deemed the bond bill a package of "pork and special interests."  The bond bill will be put before the voters in November of this year.
     The symposium is made up of four panel discussions featuring some of the top experts in water law, policy and science. Speakers include Senator Lois Wolk and Assemblyman Bill Berryhill, Berkeley Water Center Co-Director David Sunding, Eberhardt Business Forecasting Center Director Jeffery Michael, and Steven Phillips from the United States Geological Survey.

    The School of Engineering and Computer Science, Natural Resource Institute; the Eberhardt School of Business, Business Forecasting Center; and the Pacific McGeorge School of Law are co-sponsoring the event.

    For more information and to make advance reservations, contact Margit Aramburu at 831-419-0905, or at maramburu@pacific.edu.


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    Schedule

    Panel One: Senator Lois Wolk and Assemblyman Bill Berryhill
    Mon., Feb.22, 9 a.m.
    Lecture Hall
    McGeorge School of Law
    Free and open to the public

    Senator Wolk represents the 5th Senate District which includes much of the Delta region.  She has been very involved in flood protection, the crisis in the Delta, water management and climate change, land use, state parks, fisheries and invasive species. Assemblyman Berryhill represents the 26th Assembly District.  He is the founder of BB Vineyards and is a partner in a 700-acre wetland restoration project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. 


    Panel Two: Dr. David Sunding and Dr. Jefferey Michael
    Mon., Feb.22, 10 a.m.
    Lecture Hall
    McGeorge School of Law
    Free and open to the public

    Sunding is a Thomas Graff Professor of Natural Resource Economics and UC Berkeley Director of the Berkeley Water Center. Michael serves as the Director of the Business Forecasting Center at the University of the Pacific.

    Panel Three: Ryan Broddrick, Jonas Minton, Steven Phillips and Randy Baxter
    Mon., Feb.22, 11 a.m.
    Lecture Hall
    McGeorge School of Law
    Free and open to the public

    Broddrick was the former Director for the Department of Fish and Game. Minton serves as the Water Policy Advisor for the Planning and Conservation Leagues. Phillips works for the United States Geological Survey. Baxter is employed by the Department of Fish and Game.

    Panel Four: Dante John Nomellini Sr., Scott Slater and Stuart Somach
    Mon., Feb.22, noon
    Lecture Hall
    McGeorge School of Law
    Free and open to the public

    Nomellini is an attorney for Nomellini, Grilli &McDaniel. Slater is an attorney for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP. Somach is an attorney at Somach, Simmons and Dunn.