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Past · November 12, 2020

Building a Water-Resilient California

Three-Day Virtual Conference

November 12, 17, 19, 2020

About the Program

In 2020, California’s water landscape experienced major disruptions from the pandemic, economic downturn, ongoing drought, and wildfires. Water issues that were high priorities pre-pandemic are now competing with many urgent priorities. Yet these disruptions also bring opportunities to reduce the water system’s vulnerability to economic shocks and other surprises.

Join the PPIC Water Policy Center and state and local experts for three sessions exploring ways to boost resilience to multiple stressors while supporting economic recovery and workforce development.

Conference Schedule

  • November 12, Session 1: Funding water systems while ensuring affordability and equity
  • November 17, Session 2: Collaborative approaches to foster groundwater sustainability
  • November 19, Session 3: Priorities for a water-resilient California

Event Videos

Agenda

Session 1 — Thursday, November 12

Funding water systems while ensuring affordability and equity
How do we develop more sustainable and reliable funding sources for the water sector while also ensuring safe and affordable drinking water for all?

11:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction 
Caitrin Chappelle, associate center director and senior research associate,
PPIC Water Policy Center

11:05 a.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Caitrin Chappelle
Gloria Gray, board chair, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Greg Pierce, associate director, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation
Kathryn Sorensen, former director, Phoenix Water Services

11:45 a.m. Audience Q&A

12:00 p.m. Adjourn

Session 2 — Tuesday, November 17

Collaborative approaches to foster groundwater sustainability
A look at collaborative approaches that can make it easier to enact the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act while protecting vulnerable communities and ecosystems.

11:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction 
Jeffrey Mount, senior fellow, PPIC Water Policy Center

11:05 a.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Jeffrey Mount
Eric Averett, general manager, Rosedale‒Rio Bravo Water District
Paul Gosselin, director, Butte County Department of Water and Resource Conservation
Angela Islas, community development specialist, Self-Help Enterprises
Sandi Matsumoto, director, California Water Program, The Nature Conservancy

11:45 a.m. Audience Q&A

12:00 p.m. Adjourn

Session 3 — Thursday, November 19

Priorities for a water-resilient California
Priorities to improve the system’s ability to weather future disruptions.

11:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction 
Ellen Hanak, vice president and center director, PPIC Water Policy Center

11:05 a.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Ellen Hanak
Joaquin Esquivel, chair, State Water Board 
Matthew Muirragui, majority staff director, Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, US House Committee on Natural Resources
Karla Nemeth, director, California Department of Water Resources

11:45 a.m. Audience Q&A

12:00 p.m. Adjourn

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Topics

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