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Past · April 10, 2014

Paying for Water in California

April 10, 2014 · 4:00 pm

Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street, Rooms 202/203

About the Program

California’s latest drought highlights the need to improve how we manage and pay for our precious water resources. At this half-day event, participants will discuss where California’s water finance system is failing, how we might fill the gaps, and whether significant reforms are needed to enable our water resources to support a healthy economy, society, and environment. This event follows the release of a new PPIC report, Paying for Water in California.

This project is supported with funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the California Water Foundation, an initiative of the Resources Legacy Fund.



Welcome and Presentation—Overview of the PPIC Water Finance Study
Ellen Hanak, Public Policy Institute of California

Panel 1—Fiscal Orphans: Floods, Small Systems, Stormwater, and Watersheds
Moderator: Jay Lund, University of California, Davis

Curt Aikens, Yuba County Water Agency

Celeste Cantú, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority

Debbie Davis, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

Matt Fabry, San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program

Panel 2—Beyond Bonds: How Else Can the State Help Fill the Gap?
Moderator: David Mitchell, M Cubed

Roberta Larson, California Association of Sanitation Agencies

Tim Quinn, Association of California Water Agencies

Lester Snow, California Water Foundation

Fran Spivy-Weber, State Water Resources Control Board

Panel 3—Time to Talk Constitutional Reforms for Water Finance?
Moderator: Brian Gray, University of California, Hastings

Loren Kaye, California Foundation for Commerce and Education

Shawn Koorn, HDR Engineering, Inc.

Kelly Salt, Best Best & Krieger LLP

Greg Weber, Pacific McGeorge School of Law

1:00 p.m. Lunch and Informal Discussions


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