California Water Policy 26


April 6 & 7, 2017

Courtyard by Marriott at Liberty Station, San Diego

Our 26th Year

The annual California Water Policy Conference is excited to be returning to Southern California with our first ever visit to beautiful San Diego. The conference will be held April 6 & 7, 2017 at the Courtyard by Marriott, Liberty Station. As the premier venue bringing 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, the conference provides a unique forum where attendees can inform and be informed through active dialogue.

California’s water management challenges continue to intensify. Climate change will exacerbate the numerous underlying stresses and strains impacting water delivery systems throughout the State, which already have most active constituencies screaming. Like the drips and drabs falling from a melting ice cream cone, the flexibility and capability to successfully manage the often conflicting demands of water supply reliability, environmental management, species health, water quality, social equity, headwaters, and water rights, is evaporating with as yet unknown but undoubtedly serious ramifications for California, its economy, our quality of life, and the State’s extraordinary aquatic and water dependent ecosystems.

Join us at the 26th California Water Policy Conference where we will discuss the issues, hear various perspectives, and participate in a conversation with those making and shaping California water policy.


We are very excited to announce two of our plenary speakers....

Jeff Kightlinger
Our opening keynote speaker will be Jeff Kightlinger, general manager and chief executive officer for The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. As general manager, he manages the District's $1.8 billion annual budget and 1,800 employees to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of high quality water every day throughout Southern California. As the general manager of the largest municipal water provider in the nation delivering an average of over 2 billion gallons of water a day to 19 million customers, Jeff finds himself at the epicenter of most major water issues in California and tries to successfully navigate the fault lines. We look forward to hearing how he views the emerging water policy terrain.

Lois Henry
Our lunch speaker on Thursday, April 6 will be Lois Henry, a columnist and investigative reporter with the Bakersfield Californian since 1990. Lois is known for tackling tough issues and her extensive reporting on California water. Her columns include water issues impacting the entire state as well as those impacting her local community. She is a wealth of knowledge and very candid. We expect a lively lunch conversation.



Pure Water San Diego Facility Tour

Conference participants may join a special group tour of the Pure Water San Diego facility.

Guests will learn about San Diego’s water supply challenges and how water purification can provide a reliable, sustainable and cost-effective drinking water supply for San Diego. Guests will then take a guided walking tour through the demonstration Pure Water Facility, where proven technology is used to clean recycled water to produce safe, high-quality drinking water through ozonation, biological activated carbon, membrane filtration, reverse osmosis and advanced oxidation with ultraviolet light.

Tour participants will see the equipment and resulting purified water up close and have an opportunity to compare samples of purified, tap, bottled and recycled water. Finally, participants are offered to taste a sample of the purified water produced by the facility.

See complete tour details here.



Who are we

Now in its 26th 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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