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Sacramento Israel-Water Technology Conference

Israel Water Technology: Opportunities for California symposium will provide insights on water management for state officials

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev


Internationally renowned water expert Prof. Eilon Adar, Director, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research. Prof. Eilon Adar is now is taking a lead role in sharing Israeli water management expertise with California's top water specialists in light of the current drought. He is among a number of Israeli researchers speaking at the event as part of a weeklong series of meetings with California's top water officials and landowners seeking guidance on groundwater legislation compliance. For full agenda or read below.


"Overcoming Water Scarcity: What California Can Learn from Israel"

Prof. Adar will discuss Israel's success in water independence and stature as the only country in the world where the desert is receding, due to Israel technology and policy.

Last year, California and Israel signed an MOU on the sharing of technology and enhancing economic interests and Prof. Adar has visited three times last year To share his experience working with scarce water resources and toured East Bay water facilities with California government representatives. The Ashkelon Sister City Project of The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region is sponsoring the event


Prof. Adar's speech is scheduled for Thursday, June 11, 2015 9:30 am

The conference runs from 8 am - 4 pm


Sacramento City Council Chambers, 915 I St, Sacramento, CA

Prof. Adar is available by phone for media interviews as well

About Prof. Eilon Adar

Prof. Eilon Adar is a highly regarded expert in arid zones hydrology and Middle East water issues. He conducts cutting-edge research on groundwater flow systems and arid basins. He is director of the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (ZIWR), which unite under one roof all aspects of water resources research, including extensive research activities in diverse water sciences ranging from groundwater production and desalination technologies to treatments for marginal water sources. Among the sciences and technologies practiced at ZIWR are water desalination, water engineering, environmental hydrology, hydrogeology, hydrobiology, hydro-chemistry and water resource economics and management. Particular emphasis is placed on research and development of water resources in drylands.

Prof. Adar's main research activities are associated with quantitative assessment of groundwater flow systems and sources of recharge in complex arid basins. Among other research activities, are hydrological aspects of management and policy associated with Middle East trans-boundary water research as well as salinization and deterioration of topsoil water quality due to human behavior and policy.

About Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev aspires to fulfill the vision of Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, who believed that Israel's future lay in the development of the Negev, a desert area comprising more than sixty percent of the country. Today, at its campuses in Beer-Sheva, Sede Boqer and Eilat, close to 20,000 students are enrolled. Ben-Gurion University is a world leader in arid zone research, offering its expertise to many developing countries. In keeping with its mandate, it plays a key role in promoting industry, agriculture and education in the Negev. Thousands of its students take part in community-oriented activities and special tutoring projects. The University welcomes exciting challenges in innovative fields of research and strives to bring new opportunities to Beer-Sheva and the Negev while continuing its pursuit of academic excellence and expanding its contribution to the community.

Conference Schedule

8:00-8:30am: Conference Registration

8:30-9:00am: Welcome and Opening Remarks Barry Broad, President, Jewish Federation; Eyal Naor, Deputy Consul General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest; Former Senate pro Tem Darrell Steinberg; Robert Dresser, Diana Rudé and Sharon Scudder, Program Chairs

9:00-9:30am: "Israel as a Global Leader in Water Regulation and Emerging Water Technologies" Tami Shor, Senior Deputy Director, Israel Water Authority (via Skype)

9:30-10:15am: "Overcoming Water Scarcity: What California Can Learn from Israel" Professor Eilon Adar, Director, Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

10:15-10:20am: Break

10:20:10:50am: "California and Israel: Similarities and Dissimilarities of Water Availability, Use, and Perception" Professor Alex Furman, Faculty Member, Technion Israel Institute of Technology

10:50-11:00am: "Moving California Forward as a Successful Global Model for Leadership in Water Technology" Assemblyman Marc Levine, Chair, Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee

11:00-11:30am: "Smart Water Networks--Remote Monitoring As a Tool in Fighting the California Drought" Sivan Cohen, P.E., Director of Business Development, AYYEKA Technologies Enabling Smart Infrastructure

11:30am-12:30pm: Lunch on Your Own

12:30-1:30pm: "Rethinking California's Water Portfolio: Introducing Innovative Solutions to Our Water Challenges" Dr. Newsha Ajami, Director of Urban Water Policy, Water in the West, Stanford University

1:30-2:30pm: "Akron-Israel Water Technology Partnership - A Successful Model for Working with Israel's Government, Municipalities and Private Sector Entities" David Silk and Howard Gudell, Partners, SGI Consulting, Inc.

2:30-3:15pm: "Responding to Drought in the Sacramento Region" John Woodling, Executive Director, Sacramento Groundwater Authority & Regional Water Authority

3:15-4:00pm: Conference Wrap Up and Networking Opportunities 4:00pm: Adjournment


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