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State of the Basin

November 15 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Increasing awareness on the challenges facing the Tulare Basin and how a multi-benefit watershed approach can support resilience.

The Tulare Basin Watershed Network (TBWN), in partnership with University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) and Secure Water Future (SWF), is excited to host the 2nd State of the Tulare Basin Conference. Please join us for a day filled with learning, awareness, and problem solving with a goal to inspire further collaboration and communication among community advisors within the region.

The TBWN is a coalition of leaders and practitioners from the agriculture and food industry, water management, ecological and conservation groups, and socio-economic interests. They range from local, regional, state, and federal agencies and organizations and seek to protect and enhance the Tulare Basin watersheds and resources. UC ANR is a statewide network of University of California researchers and educators dedicated to the creation, development, and application of knowledge in agricultural, natural, and human resources. SWF is a collaborative of investigators from across the semi-arid western US aiming to improve agricultural and environmental water resilience. We have combined efforts to co-host this critical conference.

This year’s State of the Basin conference theme is “Managing Hydroclimatic Extremes.” The event will provide a forum to increase awareness on the rich history of the basin and discuss challenges and opportunities brought about by the recent droughts and floods. Our emphasis remains on promoting a whole watershed approach – connecting upper and lower elements – for building social, economic, and environmental resilience in the region.

This event brings together leaders, practitioners and experts from diverse backgrounds and sectors to explore the environmental, economic, and social changes occurring in the region, with an emphasis on learning from recurrent flooding and droughts to gain insight in planning for the future.

In-Person – UC ANR Offices | 4437 S Laspina St, Tulare, CA 93274
This is an on-site event only.

Wednesday, November 15th, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Breakfast and lunch provided.

This is a public event and free of charge.

8:30 – 9:00 AM | Registration & Networking
9:00 – 9:15 AM | Welcome, Introductions, & Context Setting
9:15-9:45 AM | Morning Keynote

  • John Austin (TBWN)

9:45-10:35 AM | State of the Basin: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Josue Medellin-Azuara (UC Merced)
  • Hoori Ajami (UC Riverside)
  • TBA

10:35-11:30 | Solutions and Actions

  • Kirk Gilkey (Gilkey Farm)
  • Helen Dalhke (UC Davis)
  • Kristin Babson Dobbin (UC Berkeley)

11:30-11:35 AM | Break
11:35 AM – 12:30 PM | Panel: Riparian, Wetland, and Wildlife

  • Larry Saslaw (TBWN Moderator)
  • Robert Walsh (Point Blue)
  • Adam Cummings (USDA)
  • Brian Cypher (CSU Stanislaus)

12:30 – 1:15 PM | Lunch – Networking/Open Time
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM | Lunch Keynote

  • Joe Neves (Kings County Board of Supervisors)

1:45 PM -3:15 PM | Town Hall: Priorities & Strategies Dialogue
3:15 PM – 3:25 PM PM | Break
3:25 PM – 4:25 PM | Forward-Looking Strategies

  • Julie Rentner (River Partners)
  • Tapan Pathak (UC Merced)
  • Emily Waring (UC Merced)

4:25 PM – 4:45 PM | Closing Comments, Ways to Get Involved, Next Steps for TBWN
4:45 PM | Social Time, Networking


November 15
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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UC ANR Offices
4437 S Laspina St
Tulare, CA 93274 United States
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