Conference Agenda

California Water Policy 25

April 20 & 21, 2016


The UC Davis Conference Center



 Wednesday, April 20


8:00 am Registration

9:00 am

Conference Welcome

  Douglas Wallace - Conference Chair, Environmental Affairs Officer, East Bay MUD

9:15 am

California Rx: Bigger Vision for a Steeper Hill
  Felicia Marcus, Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Breakout Sessions
  California Avant-Gardeners: Plowing a Path to the Future
  Doug Parker, Director, California Institute for Water Resources, Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of California
Matt Read, Sacramento Urban Agriculture Coalition
Judith Redmond, Owner, Full Belly Farm
Larry Yee, Co-Founder, President and Coordinating Director of the Food Commons
  Growth Happens: Water or Not
  David Cogdill, President/CEO, California Building Industry Association
Tom Gohring, Executive Director, Water Forum
Cynthia Koehler, Executive Director, WaterNow
Jake Mackenzie, Vice Mayor, City of Rohnert Park
  Strange Bed Flows: Managing Groundwater and Stream Flow
  Konrad Fisher, Executive Director, Klamath Riverkeeper
Sandi Matsumoto, Associate Director, Integrated Water Management, The Nature Conservancy
Scott Matyak, Water Resources Manager, Yuba County Water Agency
Dan McManus, Supervising Engineer Geologist, California DWR
  A River Could Run Through It: Market Approaches to Achieving Water Related Environmental Outcomes UC Santa Barbara
  This session is an exchange of ideas between graduate students of the Bren School, UC Santa Barbara and Felicia Marcus, Chair of the State Resources Control Board. The dialogue will focus on how market mechanisms can be leveraged in water resources management to create environmental benefit.

Moderator: Robert Wilkinson, Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara
Participants: Felicia Marcus, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board and Graduate Students of the Bren School, UCSB
12:00 pm Lunch Presentation
  Traveling the 38th Parallel  - A Water Line Around the World
  David and Janet Carle, Authors, Former California Park Rangers
2:00 pm Breakout Sessions
  Forests to Faucets and Fields: Making the Connection
  Jim Branham, Executive Officer, Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Martha Conklin, Professor, School of Engineering, UC Merced
Trina Cunningham, Traditional Ecology Land Management Consultant, Maidu Summit Consortium
Zach Knight, Co-Founder and Partner, Blue Forest Conservation
  If Pigs Won’t Fly: “Fixing” Water Rights
  Richard Frank, Director, CA Environmental Law and Policy Center, UC Davis School of Law
Michael George, Delta Watermaster
Valerie Kincaid, Partner, O’Laughlin and Paris
Scott Williams, Attorney, Berkey Williams
  Fish Out of Water: How Can We Save Our Salmon?
  Lewis Bair, General Manager, Reclamation District 108
Brad Cavallo, President and Senior Scientist, Cramer Fish Sciences
Brian Ellrott, California Central Valley Area Officer, NOAA Fisheries
Steve Rothert, California Regional Director, American Rivers
  Funding Critical State Needs: Where Should the Money Come From?
  Timothy Bittle, Director of Legal Affairs, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
Laurel Firestone, Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder, Community Water Center
Sophia Skoda, Director of Finance, East Bay MUD
Lester Snow, Executive Director, California Water Foundation
3:30 pm Break
4:00 pm How to Succeed in Business Without Really Drying
  Moderator: Douglas Wallace, Environmental Affairs Officer, East Bay MUD
Adrian Covert, Policy Director, Bay Area Council
Katie Jackson, Vice President External Affairs and Sustainability, Jackson Family Wines
John Jefferson, Director of External Affairs, California AT&T
Eppa Rixey, Strategic Planning Manager, Lagunitas Brewing
5:15 pm Adjourn for the Day
  Environmental Adjustment Hour at the Hallmark Inn in downtown Davis


 Thursday, April 21


7:30 am


  Corporate Water Stewardship in California: A Special Presentation by the Pacific Institute
  The UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate is facilitating a statewide collaboration in California in 2016, exploring specific opportunities for the business community to make positive contributions to the success of the California Water Action Plan. This initiative will engage a broad network of business leaders, government agencies, urban and rural communities, and water management experts to accelerate the State’s progress toward solving systemic water challenges. At this breakfast we will discuss the growing momentum behind corporate water stewardship in California, highlight the importance of transparency and integrity in water stewardship initiatives, and invite feedback from conference attendees during the session and throughout the day. All conference attendees are welcome and encouraged to join us for breakfast and a candid and insightful dialogue about emerging opportunities for cooperation. (For more information and to complete our survey of projects in California, please click here.)
8:30 am A Million More Acre-Feet of Water
  Glenda Humiston, Vice President, University of California Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources
9:15 am Break
9:30 am Breakout Sessions
  Conservation: Leveling the Playing Field in a Rugged State
  Sara Aminzadeh, Executive Director, California Coastkeeper Alliance
Max Gomberg, Climate and Conservation Manager, State Water Resources Control Board
Jim Peifer, Supervising Engineer, City of Sacramento Utilities Department
Ken Weinberg, Principal, Ken Weinberg Water Resources Consulting
  Past the Hype: How Technology Can Improve Urban Water Management
  Scott Bryan, President, Imagine H2O
Richard Harris, Manager, Water Conservation, East Bay MUD
Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Mukul Malhotra, Principal, Director of Urban Design, MIG, Inc.
  New Surface Water Storage: A Reliable and Resilient Solution?
  Graham Fogg, Professor of Hydrogeology, Dept of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis
Paula Landis, Executive Director, California Water Commission
Ron Stork, Senior Policy Advocate, Friends of the River
Jim Watson, General Manager, Sites JPA
11:00 am Break
11:15 am California Water Future: Converging Threats, Strategic Responses
  Dave Wegner, Former Senior Staff, Water Resources and the Environment Subcommittee, US House of Representatives
Consultant, ICF
12:00 pm Conference Adjourns
12:15 pm Special Salmon Recovery Tour Leaves
  See tour details here.

* Invited

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