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January 24, 2013 by University of La Verne

Conservation, innovation central topics at third annual La Verne Water Technology Conference

Water Technology Conference, 2013Water is the single most important element sustaining life on earth. Maintaining this vital resource, especially in a water-challenged region such as Southern California, is a dilemma demanding the attention of academic, corporate and legislative leaders.

On Thursday, January 31, the University of La Verne is hosting its third annual Water Technology Conference, bringing together experts in planning, research, engineering, conservation and public policy to address current and future initiatives relating to the event’s overarching theme of Water Conservation.

“Water is vitally important to Southern California.  Water resources are intimately tied to the economic well being of the region and of the nation.  This conference is forward looking, anticipating the complexity of developing water resources for a sustainable future,” said University of La Verne Provost Greg Dewey.

This year’s conference is co-sponsored by the university, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD), Three Valleys Municipal Water District and the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership. It begins at 8 a.m. in the Ludwick Conference Center, located on the third floor of La Verne’s Abraham Campus Center.

Register Now (Registration is $75 and includes lunch.)


The list of panels, discussions and reports for this year’s conference includes:

  • Water Policy in the United States.
  • New storm-water related regulations.
  • Water conservation engineering & technology.
  • Water pricing.
  • The La Verne Water Institute.
  • The San Gabriel Valley/Inland Empire Water & Energy Innovation Cluster.

Keynote speaker at the conference luncheon is Laurie ten Hope, Deputy Director of the California Energy Commission’s Energy Research & Development Division. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27th District) will provide the opening remarks.

Also scheduled to take part are William Steele, Southern California Area Manager for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation; Randall Lewis, Executive Vice President of the Lewis Group of Companies, one of the nation’s largest privately held real estate development companies; State Assembly member Chris Holden (41st District); Rick Hansen, General Manager of the Three Valley Water District; Carolyn Schaffer, Resource Specialist for MWD of Southern California; Joe Berg, Water Use Efficiency Program Manager for MWD of Orange County; and Michael Hurley, Principal Water Resources Manager at Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.

For additional information, contact Corinne Medina at cmedina@laverne.edu or call (909) 593-3511 ext. 4745.

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