Conference Agenda

California Water Policy 29: California Streamin'

April 2 & 3, 2020


UC Davis Conference Center Davis, California 


 Thursday, April 2


8:00 am



9:00 am

Conference Welcome


Conference Co-Chairs:

Jovita Pajarillo, US EPA Region 9 (Retired)

Meena Westford, Special Projects Manager, MWD of Southern California


9:15 am

Opening Plenary


Paul Souza Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


10:00 am



10:30 am

Breakout Sessions:



Water Resilience Portfolio: Still Whistling Past the Graveyard?


Federico Barajas, Executive Director,  San Luis Delta Mendota Water Authority

David Guy, President, Northern California Water Association           

Deven Upadhyay, Assistant General Manager, COO, MWD of Southern California

Eric Wesselman, Executive Director, Friends of the River

  Building the Next Water Workforce

Allison Harvey Turner, CEO, Water Foundation

Joone Lopez, General Manager, Moulton Niguel Water District

Karla Nemeth, Director, CA Department of Water Resources

Robert Wilkinson, Adjunct Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science &

   Management, UC Santa Barbara

  Fire and the Future of Water Management

Susan Gorin, Board Chair, Sonoma Water Agency

Jessica Morse, Deputy Secretary of Forest Resources Manager,

      California Natural Resources Agency

Amye Osti, CEO, 34 North

Jackson Webster, CSU Chico, Center for Water and the Environment


12:00 pm

Lunch Presentation


B. Lynn Ingram and Frances Malamud-Roam

The West Without Water: What Past Floods, Droughts and Other Climatic Clues Tell Us

   About Tomorrow


2:00 pm

Breakout Sessions:



The Tunnel: Is It Taking Shape?

Barbara Barrigan-Parilla, Executive Director, Restore the Delta

Carrie Buckman, Assistant Deputy Director, CA Department of Water Resources

Nazli Parvizi, Stakeholder Engagement, Delta Conveyance Authority

Kelley Taber, Attorney, Somach, Simmons & Dunn 

  Water and Land Use: Shall the Twain Finally Meet?

Tommy Esqueda, Associate Vice President for Water and Sustainability, CSU Fresno

Susan Gorin, Board Chair, Sonoma Water Agency 


  Eco-Management on the Farm: Breaking New Ground

Roger Cornwell, General Manager, River Garden Farms

Cannon Michael, CEO, Bowles Farming Company

Amrith Gunasekara, Science Advisor to Secretary Ross, Ca. Dept. of Food and Agriculture


3:30 pm



4:00 pm


  Beyond Safe Drinking Water: What’s Next?

Joaquin Esquivel, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board

Laura Feinstein, Senior Researcher, Pacific Institute

Michael Claiborne, Senior Attorney, Leadership for Justice and Accountability


5:15 pm

Adjourn for Day – Environmental Adjustment Hour


 Friday, April 3


7:00 am



7:30 am

Breakfast Presentation

An Interactive Session with California’s Brightest Graduate Students


Featuring graduate students from UC Santa Barbara Bren School of Environmental Science & Management


8:45 am

Morning Keynote:

How Do We Talk about the Stuff We Need to Talk About?

Faith Kearns Scientist, California Institute for Water Resources


9:30 am



9:45 am

Breakout Sessions:


Voluntary Agreements and Flexibly Managed Water

Michael Carlin, Deputy General Manager and COO, San Francisco PUC*

Chad Dibble, Deputy Director, California Department of Fish & Wildlife

David Mooney, Regional Director, California-Great Basin, Bureau of Reclamation

Rachel Zwillinger, Water Policy Advisor, Defenders of Wildlife

  Getting Back to the Basins: Expanding Groundwater Recharge for SGMA 2020

Eric Averett, General Manager, Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District

Kamyar Guvetchi, Manager, Division of Planning, California Dept. of Water Resources

Ann Hayden, Senior Director, Environment Defense Fund

Nicole Kuenzi, Attorney, State Water Resources Control Board

  Energy & Water

Joel Ledesma, Assistant General Manager of Generation Services, Northern California
   Power Agency

Patrick Mealoy, Strategic Resource Advisors

Michelle Reimers, General Manager, Turlock IID

Carl Zichella, Director, Western Transmission, NRDC*


11:30 am

Closing Plenary


Managing Expectations: What’s Really Going on with GSP’s?


Sarge Green, Water Management Specialist, Center for Irrigation Technology,

   California, Water Institute, CSU Fresno

Jarrett Martin, General Manager, Central California Irrigation District

Sandi Matsumoto, Associate Director, CA Water Program, The Nature Conservancy   

Amanda Monaco, Water Policy Coordinator, Leadership Counsel for Justice & Environmental Accountability



12:30 pm Adjourn