Conference Agenda

California Water Policy 24

March 19-20, 2015

The Roberts Environmental Center at Claremont McKenna College



 Thursday, March 19


8:00 am Registration - McKenna Auditorium

9:00 am

Conference Welcome

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

9:15 am

Opening Plenary
  Water and the West: Changing Climates
Pat Mulroy, Senior Fellow of Climate Adaptation and Environmental Policy, Brookings Mountain West, Former General ++Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority
10:15 am Break
10:45 am Breakout Sessions
  Market-Based Approaches to Water Management
  UCSB Student Workshop
  Sustainable Groundwater Management: What the Hell Just Happened?
  Moderator: John Woodling, Executive Director, Regional Water Authority
Eric Garner, Partner, Best, Best & Krieger
Steve Macaulay, Consultant, CA Department of Water Resources
Vickie Newlin, Assistant Director, Water and Resource Conservation, Butte County
Lena Tam, Manager, Water Resources Planning, East Bay MUD
  Science and Policy: Speaking the Same Language?
  Moderator: Leo Winternitz, Senior Professional, GEI Consultants
Ara Azhderian, Water Policy Administrator, San Luis & Delta Mendota Water Authority
Sam Luoma, Research Ecologist and Editor in Chief, San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science
Tina Swanson, Director, Science Center, NRDC
  Atmospheric Rivers and Reservoirs: The Solution to California’s Drought?
  Moderator: Carl Morrison, President, Morrison & Associates
Dr. Michael Anderson, State Climatologist, CA Department of Water Resources
Jay Jasperse, Chief Engineer, Sonoma County Water Agency
Marty Ralph, Executive Director, Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes
Tim Washburn, Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency*
12:15 pm Lunch Presentation - McKenna Auditorium
  How to Write the Story of Water
  Mas Masumoto, Author, Epitaph for a Peach, Columnist for the Fresno Bee and Contributor to the Sacramento Bee
2:00 pm Breakout Sessions
  Potable Reuse: Are You Gonna Drink That?
  Moderator: Wendy Broley, Water Reuse Leader, Brown and Caldwell
Mark Millan, Principal, Data Instincts
Toby Roy, Grant Administration and Local Supply Assistance Manager, San Diego County Water Authority
Andria Ventura, Program Manager, Clean Water Action
Other speaker TBA
  Exciting Workshop to Be Announced Shortly
  Crop Selection in Water Scarce Times: Darwinism or Free Market?
  Moderator: Jovita Pajarillo, USEPA (retired)
Juliet Christian-Smith, Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
Corny Gallagher, Global Agribusiness Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Mas Masumoto, Third Generation Family Farmer, Author
Danny Merkley, Director of Water Resources, CA Farm Bureau Federation*
  Prop 1: Down Payment or Subsistence Funding?
  Moderator: Doug Wallace, Environmental Affairs Officer, East Bay MUD
Caitrin Chappelle, Associate Center Director, Public Policy Institute of California
Kathy Cole, Executive Legislative Representative, MWD of Southern California
Kim Delfino, California Program Director, Defenders of Wildlife; Commissioner, California Water Commission
Jennifer Clary, Program Associate, Clean Water Action
David Guy, President, NCWA
3:30 pm Break
4:00 pm A Conversation with...
  Barry Nelson, Principal, Western Water Strategies, former Senior Policy Analyst, NRDC
William Phillimore, Executive Vice President, Paramount Farms International
Moderator: Mark Horne, Project Director, Water, Atkins Global
5:15 pm Adjourn for the Day


 Friday, March 20


8:15 am


8:30 am The Colorado River: A Turbulent Past, What’s Around the Bend?
  Colorado Justice Gregory Hobbs, Jr.
9:15 am Break
9:30 am Breakout Sessions
  Weed and Water: The Green Rush
  Moderator: Evon Willhoff, Environmental Scientist, California Dept of Water Resources
Scott Greacen, Executive Director, Friends of the Eel River
Peter Hecht, Sacramento Bee columnist, Author of Weed Land: Inside America’s Marijuana Epicenter and
   How Pot Went Legit

Lt. John Nores, Patrol Lieutenant, California Fish and Wildlife
Cary Richardson Merkle, Water Resources Superintendent, Contra Costa Water District
  Buy Me A River: Getting Creative with Water Markets
  Moderator: Marguerite Patil, Special Assistant to the General Manager Contra Costa Water District
Spencer Kenner, Assistant Chief Counsel, California Department of Water Resources
Steve Knell, General Manager, Oakdale Irrigation District
Sandi Matsumoto, Senior Project Director, The Nature Conservancy
Other speaker TBA
  Drought Ground Zero
  Moderator: TBA
Tricia Stever Blatter, Executive Director, Tulare County Farm Bureau
Ryan Jensen, Community Organizer, Community Water Center
Martha Guzman-Aceves, Deputy Legislative Secretary, Governor’s Office
  The Salton Sea: Haven’t They Solved This By Now?
  Moderator: Anne Castle, Former Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior
Keali’i Bright, Deputy Secretary for Legislation, California Natural Resources Agency
Michael Cohen, Senior Research Associate, Pacific Institute
Kevin Kelley, General Manager, Imperial Irrigation District
Roger Shintaku, Executive Director, Salton Sea Authority
Jim Barrett, General Manager, Coachella Valley Water District
11:00 am Break
11:15 am A New Player? California Business and Water Policy
  Moderator: Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Ron Gastelum, Board Member, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
Rob Lapsley, CEO, California Business Roundtable
Kish Rajan, Director, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
Jerry Sanders, CEO, San Diego Chamber of Commerce Development
12:15 pm Adjourn

* Invited

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