California Water Policy 27


March 22 & 23, 2018

UC Davis Conference Center

Our 27th Year

You are invited to join us at the 27th annual California Water Policy Conference, taking place in Davis, California, on March 22-23, 2018. This year’s theme “Water You Gonna Do?” will bring together water leaders representing agricultural, environmental, urban, environmental justice, government, and private sector constituencies and perspectives, as well as interested individuals from the general public, to tackle the Golden State’s water supply challenges.

CWP27 is a two-day conference that connects the diverse people and organizations working on California water issues to share ideas and potential solutions to the state’s most vexing water supply problems. This unique forum employs active dialogue that allows attendees to inform and be informed, while exploring water-related topics as far-reaching as impacts of the legal cannabis industry, new water storage projects, and the benefits of collaborative science.

Founded in 1991, CWP will take place this year at the UC Davis Conference Center. We hope you can join us and add to our long legacy of collaboration and the open exchange of ideas alongside the state’s best and brightest leaders.

While we are putting together a terrific 2018 conference. Please check out the details of last year's conference here...


We are very excited to announce some of this years speakers....

Grant Davis  Director, California Department of Water Resource.
Opening Keynote Speaker on Thursday, March 22.

Prior to his appointment as Director of the California Department of Water Resources, Davis had been the General Manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) since 2009, where he also served as the Assistant General Manager from 2007 to 2009. Davis was responsible for SCWA’s core functions of maintaining nearly 100 miles of streams and detention basins for flood protection, restoring habitat for three federally listed fish species in the Russian River, delivering drinking water to more than 600,000 residents of Sonoma and Marin counties, and providing wastewater management for 60,000 customers. In cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he was also responsible for the operation of Lake Mendocino and Coyote Valley Dam and Lake Sonoma and Warm Springs Dam. Davis was instrumental in implementing a renewable energy portfolio that has resulted in a carbon free water supply and distribution system.
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. Lunch Speaker on Thursday, March 22.

Mr. Fleck is also Professor of Practice in water policy and governance in the University of New Mexico’s Department of Economics and has been the Water Resources Program’s writer-in-residence since January 2015.
Betty Yee  California State Controller. Opening Plenary Speaker on Friday, March 23.

Ms. Yee was elected as the State Controller in November 2014, following two terms of service on the Board of Equalization. Now serving as the state’s chief fiscal officer, Ms. Yee also chairs the Franchise Tax Board and serves as a member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) Boards. These two boards have a combined portfolio of nearly $500 billion. Ms. Yee also serves on the Ceres Board of Directors, a nonprofit organization working to mobilize many of the world’s largest investors to advance global sustainability and take stronger action on climate change.


Who are we

Now in its 27th 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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Who Should Attend

    • Officials and staff at all levels of government
    • Water agency officials and staff
    • Business, Agricultural and environmental leaders
    • Academics and students
    • Members of the public interested in California water policy

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