Dr. Jerry Meral has served as Deputy Director of the California Department of Water Resources, as Western Water Resources Director of the Environmental Defense Fund, and for 20 years as Executive Director of the Planning and Conservation League. His work has been widely recognized and honored. He received the National River Conservation Award as well as honorary awards from Common Cause, the Sierra Club, the California State Legislature, and many others.
In 2011, he was named the California Natural Resources Agency deputy secretary for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and charged with restoring the Bay-Delta ecosystem and creating water supply reliability for California. Meral left that position in late 2013.
One of the best-known speakers on water and other environmental issues in California, he has spoken to the Association of California Water Agencies, the Sierra Club, universities, business meetings, and many other venues. He engages his audience, relates his subject to them, and uses humor to make his points.
He speaks on California water issues overall, with particular issues including the Delta ecosystem, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, new dams, and water conservation.
He holds a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley.
To explore engaging Jerry Meral as a speaker, contact him by email at jerrymeral [at] gmail.com or by phone at 415-717-8412.
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