Future of Sustainable Groundwater Management: California Comprehensive Implementation Program ~ Episode I [6.2.19]

Guests:

  • Guest 1: Thomas Esqueda, Associate Vice-President, Water and Sustainability, Fresno State University
  • Guest 2: Donald (Don) J. Cameron, Vice President & General Manager, Terranova Ranch, Inc
  • Guest 3: “Special Guest” Dr. Jose Colucci Rios, Professor and Associate Engineering Dean for Research (Ret.), University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus 
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Segment 3 Segment 4

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Our featured guests are:

  • Segment ‘1’: Thomas Esqueda, Associate Vice-President, Water and Sustainability, Fresno State University, (By Skype)*, Theme: “Water and Agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley: Groundwater Overdraft and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
  • Segment ‘2’: Thomas Esqueda, Associate Vice-President, Water and Sustainability, Fresno State University, (By Skype)*, Theme: “Water and Agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley: Mitigation Planning for the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act”
  • Segment ‘3’: Donald (Don) J. Cameron, Vice President & General Manager, Terranova Ranch, Inc (By Skype)*, Theme: “Unconventional Approach to Groundwater Sustainability While Reducing Flooding Damage and Risks”
  • Segment ‘4’: Donald (Don) J. Cameron, Vice President & General Manager, Terranova Ranch, Inc. (By Skype)*, Theme: “Scaling Farm Stormwater Recharge: Replenishing Groundwater While Preventing Downstream Flooding”

Program Overview:

Thomas Esqueda serves as Fresno State’s first-ever Associate Vice-President for Water and Sustainability. In this role, Mr. Esqueda is responsible for engaging Fresno State faculty, staff, students and research facilities in the pursuit of sustainable water resource management solutions for agriculture, urban, environment, and disadvantaged community interests throughout California, with a targeted focus on the SJ Valley. Prior to joining Fresno State, Mr. Esqueda served as the Director of Public Utilities for the City of Fresno and as the Environmental Services Director for Wake County in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Esqueda has over 30-years of public- and private-sector experience in all aspects of water system planning, permitting, design, financing, construction, and operations. He has BS degree in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University, and is a registered professional engineering in multiple states.

Don is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in Biology. Since 1987, Don has been the Vice President and General Manager of Terranova Ranch, Inc. located 25 miles southwest of Fresno, California. Terranova farms approximately 6,000 acres, in addition to 1,500 acres custom farmed for other clients. The farm has a mix of conventional, organic and biotech field crops including conventional and organic processing tomatoes, peppers, onions, seed product, corn and a diversity of other annual crops. Perennial crops grown consist of walnuts, wine grapes, almonds, pistachios and olives for oil. There are 25 total crops grown on the farm. Furthermore, Don owns and farms Prado Farms located in Fresno County.

Don served on the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel from 2011-2018. In 2012, Don served an appointment at the federal level on the Working Group for the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21). He currently serves as chairman for the California Cotton Alliance, director and past chairman for the California Tomato Growers Association, director for Western Growers Association, Raisin City Water District and Chairman for the McMullin Area GSA.

Don was awarded the 2017 Agriculturalist of the Year by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce. Further, Terranova Ranch, Inc. was awarded a 2017 Governor’s Environmental Leadership Award (GEELA) for ecosystem and land use stewardship associated with a flood capture and recharge project. Don has served on the California State Board of Food and Agriculture since 2014 and was appointed President of the Board in February 2018.

Dr. Jose Colucci Rios, Professor and Associate Engineering Dean for Research (Ret.), University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus gained the UPR Distinguished Researchers Recognition during his active tenure. He was the Distinguished Chemical Engineer Professor, UPR-Mayagüez. Dr. Rios taught a wide variety of CHEME courses {Mass & Energy Balance, CHEM E Math (Grad & UG), Kinetics & Reactor Design, Mass Transfer, Transport Phenomena (Grad), Electrochemical Engineering, & Biorefineries (Grad).

He held leadership positions at UPRM such as Head of the Chemical Engineering Department, Associate Dean of Research in Engineering, and UPRM R&D Center Director. His pioneering work in the areas of biodiesel, fuel cells and other renewable strategies and technologies is widely recognized in Puerto Rico. His annual research funding was the United States Federal Agencies of the Department of Energy and Department of Homeland Security, and Sloan Foundation

 



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