California Water Leaders to Deliver Keynote Speeches at CA-NV AWWA Water Conference
Mark W. Cowin & Lester Snow will speak at the conference on Tuesday Oct. 1
Mark W. Cowin, director of the Department of Water Resources and Lester Snow, executive director of the California Water Foundation will speak to local water professionals at the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Assn.’s (CA-NV AWWA) Annual Fall Conference in Sacramento, Calif. Cowin will open the conference at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Snow will speak about “The Future of Water Resource Management” during the keynote luncheon at 11:30 a.m., also on Tuesday.
The CA-NV AWWA fall conference will bring an estimated 1,200 water experts to Sacramento, Sept. 30 to Oct. 3. The event features more than 160 technical sessions, several networking events, 2 technical tours, and an exhibition of more than 100 companies showcasing the latest innovations in water technology. The conference agenda features presentations on hundreds of critical water issues, including infrastructure and affordability, regulation and legislation, emerging contaminants, new treatment solutions and more.
Tim Worley, executive director of CA-NV AWWA, said both Cowin and Snow are directly engaged with the conference theme, “Water Challenges: Working Together Towards Solutions.”
“No matter where you look—at water shortages facing our states, funding and building vital infrastructure, protecting the quality of water supplies, or any number of other directions—these men have been on the front lines,” Worley said. “All of the solutions to these issues require people of good will working together. I look forward to hearing both of these outstanding speakers.”
Cowin was appointed director of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. April 13, 2012. Cowin has extensive experience with California water resources management and has served as director and acting director of DWR since 2010. He has worked more than 30 years at DWR. As DWR Director, Mr. Cowin heads a Department that protects, conserves and manages the state's water supply, including operation of the California State Water Project. The SWP is the largest state-run, multi-purpose water and power system in the United States. It provides a supplemental water source for more than 25 million Californians and about 750,000 acres of irrigated farmland and directly sustains over $400 billion of the state's economy.
Snow is the executive director of California Water Foundation and integrated resource management director for Resources Law Group LLP. He has served as secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, director of the California Department of Water Resources, regional director of the Bureau of Reclamation, executive director of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program and general manager of the San Diego County Water Authority. He currently serves on the board of directors for California Water Services Group