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New Opportunities and Persistent Challenges

UC Riverside/Palm Desert Campus - April 6-7, 2022

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022 

Community and Salton Sea tours 


5 pm Reception at the Salton Sea State Recreation Area 



Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 at UC Riverside/Palm Desert Campus

8:00 Registration  

8:30 Opening Remarks – Tamara Hedges, Karina Quintanilla, Kurt Schwabe

 Congressman Ruiz and Senator Boxer

8:45 Hydrology  ---  Timothy Lyons, UC Riverside – moderator


10:15 break 

10:40 Ecology  –  Tim Bradley, UC Irvine – moderator 

12:00 lunch 

1:30 Air QualityKevin Durkee, SCAQMD, moderator 

2:45 break 

3:15 Public Health  – Eric Reyes


5:00 Reception, celebrating Bruce Wilcox

6:00 Community Forum


Thursday, April 7th 2022 at UC Riverside/Palm Desert Campus

8:00 Registration 


8:20 Welcoming RemarksThomas Tortez, Torres-Martinez Tribe 

8:30 Lithium and Energy – Arun Raju, UC Riverside – moderator


9:40 break  

10:00 Community and Economic Development Silvia Paz, Alianza – moderator

11:15 Keynote Address -  Moisés Moreno-Rivera, Assistant Secretary for Equity and Environmental Justice, California Natural Resources Agency

11:45 lunch 

12:45 Imports and Long-Range Planning – Peter Silva, Silva-Silva International

2:00 Local Projects Mario Llanos, CNRA – moderator

3:15 break 

3:35 PolicyKurt Schwabe, UC Riverside – moderator


4:55 Concluding Remarks Assemblymember Garcia

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