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Preparing California’s Water System for Climate Extremes

American River
November 5, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
(Breakfast/registration 8:30 a.m.)

Sheraton Grand Hotel, Camellia/Gardenia rooms,
1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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About the Program

California’s climate is changing. Warmer temperatures, a shrinking snowpack, shorter and more intense wet seasons, more volatile precipitation, and rising seas are stressing water management in the Golden State. Leaders across the state are working to respond to the challenges these climate pressures bring, and the Newsom administration is developing a water resilience portfolio to address these issues in a comprehensive way. Join the PPIC Water Policy Center and a diverse group of state and local experts for a thought-provoking discussion about preparing California’s water system for climate extremes.

There is no charge to attend, but space is limited. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. This event will also be webcast live.


8:30 a.m. Registration begins and breakfast available

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Presentation
Ellen Hanak, center director and senior fellow, PPIC Water Policy Center

9:20 a.m. Panel 1: Protecting Californians from Floods, Fires, and Droughts
Moderator: Van Butsic, assistant cooperative extension specialist, University of California, Berkeley
Andy Fecko, director of strategic affairs, Placer County Water Agency
Joone Lopez, general manager, Moulton Niguel Water District
Tim Ramirez, member, Central Valley Flood Protection Board
Michael Thompson, assistant general manager, Sonoma Water

10:20 a.m. Panel 2: Providing Safe Drinking Water: Next Steps
Moderator: Jelena Jezdimirovic, research associate, PPIC Water Policy Center
Stephanie Anagnoson, director, Madera County Water and Natural Resource Department
Jan Coppinger, administrator, Lake County Special Districts
Jonathan Nelson, policy director, Community Water Center
Darrin Polhemus, deputy director, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Board

11:15 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. Panel 3: Priorities for the Water Resilience Portfolio
Moderator: Jeffrey Mount, senior fellow, PPIC Water Policy Center
Louise Bedsworth, executive director, Strategic Growth Council
Wade Crowfoot, secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
Karen Ross, secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture

12:30 p.m. Adjourn and Informal Networking Lunch



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Media Contact
Carlos Torres
Event Contact



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