Conference Agenda

California Water Policy 27

March 22 & 23, 2018


UC Davis Conference Center


The conference begins on March 22nd with registration at 8:00 am. Programs begin at 9:00 am and the conference adjourns at 12:30 pm on Friday, March 23rd (unless you are taking the tour).



 Thursday, March 22


8:00 am Registration

9:00 am

Conference Welcome

  Conference Co-Chairs:
Jovita Pajarillo, US EPA Region 9 (retired)
Meena Westford, Special Projects Manager, MWD of Southern California
9:15 am Opening Keynote Presentation
  Karla Nemeth, Director, California Department of Water Resources
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Breakout Sessions
  CSAMP or Re-Vamp: How Well is Collaborative Science Working in the Delta?
  • Moderator: Marguerite Patil, Special Assistant to the General Manager, Contra Costa Water District
  • Noah Oppenheim, Executive Director, The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations
    Jason Peltier, Senior Advisor, Happy Water, Happy Fish, Inc.
    Sam Luoma, Research Ecologist and Editor in Chief, San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, John Muir Institute of the Environment, UC Davise
  • Dr. Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics
  • Maria Rea, Assistant Regional Administrator, California Central Valley Office, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region
  Aging Infrastructure: Oh My Aching Bones, Broken Pipes and Busted Spillways
  Moderator: Fan Lau, Water Resources Regulatory Specialist, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Debby Cherney, Assistant General Manager, Eastern Municipal Water District
State Senator Jim Nielsen
Jennifer Pierre, General Manager, State Water Contractors
Richard Sykes, Director of Water & Natural Resources, East Bay MUD
Tech Candy Store: Sweet New Tool or Just a Toothache?
  Moderator: Cynthia Koehler, Executive Director, WaterNow Alliance
Nashelley Kaplan-Dailey, Senior Manager of Policy and Programs, Imagine H2O
Erik Ringelberg, California Director, The Freshwater Trust
Tom Rogers, Partner, Dan & Tom Rogers Farming
Daniel Mountjoy, Director of Resource Stewardship, Sustainable Conservation
12:00 pm Lunch Presentation
  John Fleck
  Author of "Water is for Fighting Over: And Other Myths about Water in the West" and Director of the University of New Mexico’s Water Resources Program
2:00 pm Breakout Sessions
  Reducing Carbon Emissions from Water Systems: Why and How
  Moderator: Dr. Robert Kay, Principal, ICF
Clifford Chan, Director of Operations and Maintenance, Water Treatment & Distribution, East Bay MUD
Amy Holm, Director of Programs and Operations, The Climate Registry
Deven Upadhyay, Assistant General Manager, MWD of Southern California
Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency
  Embracing the Next Wave of Water Storage Projects in California
  Moderator: Adam Robin, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Program Manager, Regional Water Authority
Walter Bourez, Principal, MBK Engineers
Ric Ortega, General Manager, Grassland Water District
Jay Ziegler, Director of Policy & External Affairs, The Nature Conservancy
Barry Nelson, Principal, Western Water Strategies
  Lead in Drinking Water: How Safe is Safe and at What Cost?
Moderator: Jennifer Clary, Water Programs Manager - California, Clean Water Action
Christina Hecht, Senior Policy Advisor, Nutrition Policy Institute
Paul Gilbert-Snyder, Associate Civil Engineer, East Bay MUD
Bruce Macler, Toxicologist, USEPA
Kevin Wehr, Professor of Sociology, CSU Sacramento
3:30 pm Break
4:00 pm Afternoon Plenary:
  What is Justice: Equity in the Water World
  Moderator: Danielle Dolan, Water Program Director, Local Government Commission
Susana DeAnda, Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder, Community Water Center
Chione Flegal, Senior Director, Policy Link
Jonathan London, Associate Professor, Director of Center for Regional Change, UC Davis
Anecita Agustinez, Tribal Policy Advisor, California Department of Water Resources
Phoebe Seaton, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability
5:15 pm Adjourn for the Day
  Environmental Adjustment Hour


 Friday, March 23


7:00 am  Breakfast

7:30 am

Breakfast Presentation

  Flash Thoughts: Conversations with Curious California Graduate Students
  Ever wonder what it would be like to have a California Water Policy crystal ball? A way to look into the next wave of innovative solutions or California's next challenges? As California water managers, we often face simple questions about the future with far from simple answers. Graduate students from across California have a few thoughts on these questions, and they imagine you do, too! This interactive, student-led session will feature stories, research findings, and audience engagement. Join us for a dose of morning inspiration about California's future.
8:30 am Morning Keynote
  Betty Yee, California State Controller
9:30 am Break
9:45 am Breakout Sessions
  Highs and Flows of Bay-Delta Restoration: Laying a Path Forward to Success
  Moderator: Todd Manley, Director of Government Relations, Northern California Water Association
Lewis Bair, General Manager, RD108
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director, Restore the Delta
Chuck Bonham, Director, California Dept of Fish and Wildlife
Steven Ritchie, Assistant General Manager, San Francisco PUC
  Water Affordability and the Deepening Divide
  Moderator: Douglas Wallace, Environmental Affairs Officer, East Bay Municipal Utility District
Max Gomberg, Climate Change Manager, State Water Resources Control Board
Laura Feinstein, Senior Research Associate, Pacific Institute
Laurel Firestone, Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder, Community Water Center
Katie Porter, Staff Engineer, CUWA
  Water and Weed: Now That It Is Legal…
Moderator: Mark Horne, Principal, EW Consulting
Dave Eggerton, General Manager, Calaveras County Water District
Scott Greacen, Conservation Director, Friends of the Eel River
Lisa Hulette, Senior Environmental Specialist, County of Sonoma
Kristin Nevedal, Chairperson, International Cannabis Farmer’s Association
11:15 am Break
11:30 am Closing Plenary:
  The Future of Ag in California
  Moderator: Glenda Humiston, Vice President, Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of California
Assemblymember Anna Caballero
Fritz Durst, Sixth-Generation Farmer, President, Reclamation District 108; Chair, Sites Reservoir JPA
Cannon Michael, Sixth-Generation Farmer, President, Bowles Farming Company; President, San Luis Resource Conservation District
Jason Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, Friant Water Authority
12:30 pm Conference Adjourns
  Special Tour: Two Robert Mondavi Institute Projects

Tour of Robert Mondavi Institute leaves from the front of the Conference Center. Tour will conclude at 3:15 pm.

See tour details here.







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