California Water Policy 25


April 20 & 21, 2016

The UC Davis Conference Center

Our 25th Year

This year the California Water Policy Conference celebrates its 25th anniversary of bringing together leaders from the agricultural, urban and environmental communities to discuss policy issues impacting California's water. We are very excited to announce that the conference will be held for the first time at the UC Davis Conference Center on April 20 & 21, 2016.

What began as a vision by environmentalist Dorothy Green to bring different perspectives to the same table is now her lasting legacy as an established forum drawing participants from around the state. Dorothy, who passed away in 2008, is said to have conceived the idea for the California Water Policy Conference at a meeting in her living room with others concerned about the state's water supply.  Today, Green's legacy remains alive through the collaborative spirit that engulfs our conference, as well as through our format that continues to bring agricultural, urban and environmental interests together to discuss better water management



Our noted speakers will include...

  Opening Keynote Speaker on Wednesday, April 20

Felicia Marcus
Marcus is chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board, which implements federal and state drinking water and water quality laws as well as California water rights law. Prior to her appointment to the board in 2012, Marcus served in positions in government, the non-profit world, and the private sector, most recently as Regional Administrator of the U.S. EPA Region IX where she was known for her work in bringing unlikely allies together for environmental progress.
Lunch Speaker on Wednesday, April 20

David and Janet Carle, Authors
Along the 38th parallel lies Mono Lake where David and Janet Carle served as park rangers, working to protect the Eastern Sierra inland sea from the effects of stream diversion to Los Angeles. After serving as rangers for 18 years, David and Janet embarked on an around-the-world journey in search of water-related environmental and cultural intersections along the 38th parallel. Traveling largely outside of cities, away from well-beaten tourist tracks, the authors cross Japan, Korea, China, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Greece, Sicily, Spain, Portugal, the Azores Islands and the United States. From their travels they co-wrote "Traveling the 38th Parallel: A Water Line Around the World" stories from which they will share with us during their lunch presentation on Wednesday, April 20. David will also bring us up to date on the re-release of his book Introduction to Water in California and the updated Water and the California Dream.

Opening plenary speaker on Thursday, April 21

Glenda Humiston
Humiston is the Vice President, Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR) at the University of California Office of the President. Because the Division is the land-grant art of the University, the Vice President serves as director of the California Agricultural Experiment Station and of California Cooperative Extension as well as chair of the ANR Executive Council. Prior to accepting this position, Humiston was appointed by President Obama in 2009 as the California State Director for Rural Development with the US Department of Agriculture. Humiston has over 25 years of experience working on agriculture, natural resources, sustainability and economic development in rural communities.

Closing plenary speaker

Dave Wegner
Dave Wegner recently retired from a senior staff position on water, energy and transportation committees in the U.S. House of Representatives.  In that position he worked on legislation that directly affected administration policy and federal agency actions related to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.  Prior to serving in Washington, D.C. he worked for over 20 years for the Department of the Interior managing water and science programs in the Colorado River basin and the Grand Canyon.  Currently he works as a part-time senior scientist to ICF and continues to provide input and strategic counsel to the National Academy of Sciences, several Members of Congress and international organizations focused on water and climate issues.  He currently splits his time between Tucson, AZ , Durango, CO and the Colorado River. 


Salmon Recovery Tour

We are very excited to announce that for the first time in the history of the conference we will be offering a tour!  Immediately following the end of the conference program on Thursday, April 21st, conference attendees will be provided with a unique opportunity to participate in a bus tour and overview of new salmon recovery efforts occurring in the Sacramento Valley.  This tour, which is produced by the California Water Policy Conference and the Sacramento River Watershed Program, will leave from the UC Davis Conference Center.

See tour details here.


Who are we

Now in its 25th year, the California Water Policy Conference is the premier venue for inclusive, engaging and frank discussion of the most pressing water issues of the day. The conference brings together policy thinkers and management leaders representing diverse constituencies and perspectives who are seeking to inform and be informed through active dialogue. Every year over 300 participants from around the State attend this conference to network with their colleagues, listen to perspectives they may have not heard before and learn about new programs and ideas.

The conference agenda is put together by a diverse planning committee that strives to identify the most current topics and best speakers to offer insight and debate with the goal being to educate, enlighten and inform our attendees. We hope you will join us at this year’s conference.

Please feel free to connect with us either by sending an email or talking with us at 858-272-6804.


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