November 18, 2021
California Water in an Era of Increasing Climate Complexity

Our second California Water Policy Conference webinar featured Climate Scientist, Daniel Swain and a panel of leading experts who shared their insights on the short- and long-term impacts of wildfire on water supplies and discussed actions we can take to minimize these impacts to our communities. The panel introduced challenges and opportunities resulting from the recent wildfires and explored innovative methods and mindsets for effectively managing our forested watersheds. The speakers described the current threats to our water resources and discussed the utilization of forest management practices, land-use planning, and sound science to lessen the impacts of wildfire in our communities and our watersheds.

A recording of the webinar will be available soon.

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Keynote Speaker

Daniel Swain
Climate Scientist

UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability

Center for Climate & Weather Extremes at the National Center for Atmospheric Research

The Nature Conservancy


Moderator Todd Manley

Director of Government Relations for the Northern California Water Association

Ellen Hanak

Director of PPIC Water Policy Center

Willie Whittlesey

General Manager at the Yuba Water Agency


Hosted by Meena Westford

CWP Conference Chair

Senior Policy Advisor, Colorado River Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

October 20, 2020
Time for Transformational

Over 400 people registered for this event and over 250 watched the webinar live. You will hear their influence in the questions that were asked of all of our speakers.

Our October 20, 2020 webinar featuring a plenary presentation “Time for Transformative Water Leadership” and the follow up panel “Walking the Talk: How to Increase Water Sector Diversity” is now available for viewing! This was the first webinar produced by the California Water Policy Conference and we couldn’t be more proud of the result. Our goal was to bring you the same exciting speakers, unique format and vibrant conversation that is expected at our in-person conferences. We think we succeeded.

To make viewing easier we have split the webinar into two sessions. The first featuring Radhika Fox , CEO of the US. Water Alliance and the second featuring our panel presentation featuring Rick Callender, CEO of Valley Water; Joone Lopez, General Manager of Moulton Niguel Water District and Lauren Ahkiam, Director of LAANE’s Water campaign. Our fantastic conference chair, Meena Westford, Special Projects Manager with Metropolitan Water District moderated both sessions.

Webinar Keynote - Radhika Fox
Time for Transformative Water Leadership

Webinar Panel
Walking the Talk: How to Increase Water Sector Diversity

This is the first webinar in a series that we will continue in 2021.  Please feel free to send any ideas you have for topics or speakers for those webinars and/or any comments you have about our October 20 webinar to info@cawaterpolicy.org .

Check out our new YouTube channel where all our webinars will be posted

We also really appreciate you helping us expand our outreach through social media. Follow and like us on Facebook @cawaterpolicy and on Twitter @CALWATERPOLICY

We look forward to having you join us at our next online event and eventually when we can once again meet in person.

Thank you to our sponsors

We really want to thank our sponsors for their support. We could not bring these webinars to you without them.

Presenting Sponsors
Bureau of Reclamation   MWD of Southern California
East Bay Municipal Utility District    
Sponsor I
San Diego County Water Authority   Valley Water
Sponsor II
Eastern Municipal Water District   Inland Empire Utilities Agency
Irvine Ranch Water District   Long Beach Water
Valley Center MWD    
Sponsor III
Alameda County Water Agency   Coachella Valley Water District
Contra Costa Water District   Imperial Irrigation District
Moulton Niguel Water District   Northern California Water Association
Olivenhain MWD   Sacramento River Watershed Program
San Juan Water District   State Water Contractors
Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD   Douglas I. Wallace Consulting
West Yost Associates