Conference Agenda

California Water Policy 23: Tangled Up In Blue

April 3-4, 2014

The Roberts Environmental Center at Claremont McKenna College


 Thursday, April 3


8:00 am



9:15 am

Conference Welcome

  Douglas Wallace, East Bay MUD, Conference Chair


9:30 am

Opening Plenary

  California’s Water Future: Now for Something Completely Different


Dr. Jeffrey Mount, Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
     Founding Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences, UC Davis


10:15 am



10:45 am

Breakout Sessions:



Tribes and Water Resources: A Path Towards Justice

  Anecita Agustinez, Tribal Policy Advisor, California Department of Water Resources
Chief Caleen Sisk, Winnemem Wintu Tribe
Aaron Dixon, Tribal Secretary/Treasurer, Susanville Indian Rancheria
Bo Mazzetti, Tribal Chairman, Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians



The State Water Action Plan: Do We Really Mean it This Time?

Richard Atwater, Executive Director, Southern California Water Committee

John Coleman, President, Association of California Water Agencies
Felicia Marcus, Board Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board
Kate Poole, Senior Attorney and Director of Water and Wildlife, NRDC



Drinking Water and Nitrates: Can Source Reduction Work for Growers Too?


Steven Beckley, California Certified Crop Advisors
J.P. Cativiela, Program Coordinator, Dairy CARES
Amrith Gunasekara, Science Advisor, California Department of Food and Agriculture
Michael Cahn, Water Resources and Irrigation Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension



Conservation: 20 x 2020…Ok, Then What?


Charles Bohlig, Supervisor of Water Conservation, East Bay MUD
Jenny Gain, Senior Engineer, Brown and Caldwell
Tracy Quinn, Policy Analyst, Water Program, NRDC
Dr. David Sunding, Professor, Agriculture and Resources, UC Berkeley


12:15 pm



Tim Palmer, Author, California Glaciers and Rivers of California


2:00 pm

Breakout Sessions:



California Groundwater: That Sinking Feeling

  Vicki Kretsinger Grabert, Principal Hydrologist, Luhdorff & Scalmanini Consulting Engrs.
David Orth, General Manager, Kings River Conservation District
Phoebe Seaton, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Leadership Counsel for Justice and

Dan Wendell, Associate Director, Groundwater, The Nature Conservancy


IRWMP: Is This a Relationship with Benefits?


Paula Landis, Chief, Division of IRWM, California Department of Water Resources
Carol Mahoney, Integrated Planning Manager, Zone 7 Water Agency
John Soulliere, Administrative Officer/Public Affairs, Mission Springs Water District
Mark Stadler, Principal Water Resources Specialist, San Diego County Water Authority


Along the Brine Line: Salty Success

  Celeste Cantu, General Manager, Santa Ana Water Project Authority
Paul Jones, General Manager, Eastern MWD
Hope Smythe, Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board
Greg Woodside, Executive Director of Planning and Natural Resources, Orange County
     Water District



Agriculture and Drought: The Future is Now?

Ernest Conant, Partner, Water, Land and Environmental Law, Law Offices of Young

Dee Dee D’Adamo, Board Member, State Water Resources Control Board
Kathy Viatella, Managing Director of Programs, Sustainable Conservation
Dr. David Zoldoske, Director, California Water Institute


3:30 pm



4:00 pm

Two Environmentalists Walk Into a Bar….
An Insightful Conversation Between Two Environmental Leaders
Talking As if No One was Listening In….

  Moderator: Mark Horne, Water Resources Consultant Atkins
Cynthia Koehler, Executive Director, WaterNow
Tina Swanson, Director, Science Center, NRDC


5:15 pm

Adjourn for Day


 Friday, April 4


9:00 am

Breakout Sessions:


Groundwater Management: Solutions are in Sight

David Guy, President, Northern California Water Association
Maurice Hall, Senior Hydrologist, California Water Program, The Nature Conservancy
Joan Maher, Deputy Operating Officer, Water Supply Division, Santa Clara Valley Water

Caren Trgovcich, Chief Deputy Director, State Water Resources Control Board



Fracking: After SB4


Bill Allayaud, Environmental Working Group
Blair Knox, Director of Regional Affairs, California Independent Petroleum Association
Steven Moore, Board Member, State Water Resources Control Board
Lorelei Oviatt, Director, Kern County Planning and Community Development



Watersheds: Investing at the Source

Jim Branham, Executive Officer, Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Steve Brink, Vice President, Public Resources, California Forestry Association
Martha Conklin, Professor, UC Merced
Dave Eggerton, General Manager, El Dorado County Water Agency



Flood Water as the “New Water Source”

Patrick Atwater, Associate, Atwater Consulting Group
Toby Roy, San Diego County Water Authority
Melanie Winter, Director, The River Project


10:30 am



10:45 am

The BDCP: Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel(s)?


Moderator: Tom Philp, Executive Strategist, MWD of Southern California
Kim Delfino, California Program Director, Defenders of Wildlife
Laura King Moon, Chief Deputy Director, California Department of Water Resources
Marguerite Patil, Special Assistant to the General Manager, Contra Costa Water District
Jennifer Pierre, Manager, ICF International


12:15 pm