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San Benito County Water Forum 

Generously Sponsored & Supported By:



Our event hosted Friday, April 21, 2017 at San Juan Oaks Golf Club featured briefings delivered from water experts on the drought, commercial and residential water use & irrigation restrictions, regional water allocations, implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), local water supplies, quality, projects, assessments, regulations, resources, programs, legislation, conservation and more.


1) Water Districts Panel- San Benito County Water District (Cattaneo),

Implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act 

(Priestaf), Sunnyslope County Water District (Ridehour), Hollister Urban

Area Water Project (Blohm), City of Hollister (Avera) and San Benito 

County Water Resources Agency (Novack)

2) Abby Taylor-Silva- Salinas Valley regional update

3) Richard Bianchi - San Benito County farming perspective

4) Vicki Morris - Aromas Water District

5) Matt Orbach - City of San Juan Bautista


 Many thanks to our featured presenters:

  • Congress Member Jimmy Panetta

  • Assembly Member Anna Caballero 

  • Jeff Cattaneo – San Benito County Water District

  • Ara Azhderian – San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority

  • Don Ridenhour – Sunnyslope County Water District

  • Vicki Morris – Aromas Water District

  • Dr. Iris Priestaf – Todd Goundwater

  • Shawn Novack – San Benito County Water Resources Association

  • Richard Bianchi – San Benito County Farm Bureau

  • Abby Taylor Silva – Grower-Shipper Association

  • Harry Blohm - Hollister Urban Area Water Project 

  • Bill Avera – City of Hollister 

  • Matt Orbach – San Juan Bautista water projects


Contact Executive Director Kristina Chavez Wyatt at (831) 524-0408 or for further information.

THANK YOU for another successful
Water Forum!
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