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Water policy conference to analyse the impact of the landmark Central Valley Projest Improvement Act of 1993

04 September 2003

ATTENTION: Reporters covering environment and California water policy

Contact: Sarah Yang
(510) 643-7741

"A Decade of Water Policy Reform: The Central Valley Project Improvement Act in 2003," a conference to analyze the impact of the landmark statute and to evaluate water and reclamation policy for the upcoming new century. The event is co-sponsored by the College of Natural Resources and the School of Law (Boalt Hall) at the University of California, Berkeley.

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12.

Carnelian Room, Bank of America Building, 555 California St., 52nd floor, San Francisco

Speakers at the conference include Bill Bradley, former senator of New Jersey and co-author of the statute; Daniel Beard, former commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation; Tom Jensen, former associate director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality; and John Leshy, former solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Co-chairs of the conference are David Sunding, UC Berkeley associate professor of agricultural and resource economics, and Cynthia Koehler, visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources and a consulting attorney with Environmental Defense.

The Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) marked a radical departure in federal water policy by including the restoration of salmon fisheries as a primary purpose of a federal reclamation project. In doing so, the statute fundamentally changed the economic dynamics of irrigated agriculture and environmental policy in the state.

Other co-sponsors of the event include the San Francisco Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Giannini Foundation.

The conference agenda and background information on the speakers are available online at http://www.cnr.berkeley.edu.