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.
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