ITEM NO.: 13 Marin Municipal Water District MEETING DATE: Board of Directors January 16, 2008 SUBJECT: North Bay Watershed Association Conference SUBMITTED BY: Paul Helliker General Manager RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve support for the conference in the amount of $2500 SUMMARY: The North Bay Watershed Association, which is chaired by MMWD, is organizing a conference entitled The Power of Water on April 4, 2008 at the Sheraton Conference Center in Petaluma. Keynote speakers include Assemblyman Jared Huffman and California Department of Water Resources Director Lester Snow. A number of other notable speakers will be presenting their ideas on water supplies, energy use and climate change at this conference. Given the work underway at the state and local level on climate change and its potential implications for water supplies, wastewater management and sea level rise, this conference is timely. Major decisions concerning water management infrastructure are pending in the legislature, which this conference will address. MMWD is in the middle of deliberations on all of these topics – water supply investments, energy supplies and climate change prevention and adaptation – and will benefit from the debate and discussions at this conference. Conference support levels are $1,500, $2,500, $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000, with benefits ranging from two tickets to the event to sponsorship of the reception, prominent displays of sponsor information and six tickets to the event. In 2006, MMWD contributed $2,500 to the NBWA conference. MMWD currently supports the NBWA with an annual contribution. MMWD also provides part-time staff support to the Executive Director and manages the organization’s finances. Staff is currently conducting a mid-year review of the MMWD budget, which will be presented to the Finance Committee and the Board in the next three weeks. Staff recommends that MMWD make an initial commitment of $2,500 to the conference. As the financial picture becomes clearer for both MMWD and the NBWA conference, it may be possible for MMWD to increase its contribution.
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