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Past · November 18, 2022

Surplus and Shortage: California’s Water Balancing Act

2022 Annual Water Conference — In-Person and Online

November 18, 2022 · 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Sheraton Grand Hotel
Magnolia/Camellia Rooms
1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

About the Program

As climate change accelerates, it’s bringing more extreme weather to California: the dry periods are hotter and drier than ever before—and the wet periods can be torrential. The only certainty is that water managers at every level will have to plan for and respond to extremes. How can we cope with the increasing volatility of our water cycle? We bring together three panels of experts to find out.

Agenda

8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast available

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Caitlin Peterson, associate center director and research fellow, PPIC Water Policy Center

9:05 a.m. What Does the Science Say?
Jeffrey Mount, senior fellow, PPIC Water Policy Center

9:25 a.m. Panel 1. Shortage: Strategies for Dry Years
Moderator: Alvar Escriva-Bou, senior fellow, PPIC Water Policy Center
Thaddeus L. Bettner, general manager, Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District
Bill Hasencamp, manager, Colorado River Resources, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Kyle Jones, policy and legal director, Community Water Center
Sandi Matsumoto, California Water Program director, The Nature Conservancy

10:20 a.m. Panel 2. Surplus: Strategies for Wet Years
Moderator: Andrew Ayres, research fellow, PPIC Water Policy Center
Aaron Fukuda, general manager, Tulare Irrigation District
Sandra Kerl, general manager, San Diego County Water Authority
Julie Rentner, president, River Partners
Mike Tognolini, director of water and natural resources, East Bay Municipal Utilities District

11:15 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. Panel 3. Finding Balance: Policy’s Role in Adapting to Extremes
Moderator: Ellen Hanak, center director, PPIC Water Policy Center
Mike Connor, assistant secretary, US Army Civil Works Program
Joaquin Esquivel, chair, California State Water Resources Control Board
Karla Nemeth, director, California Department of Water Resources

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

Speakers

Andrew Ayres

Public Policy Institute of California

Thaddeus L. Bettner

Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District

Mike L. Connor

US Army Civil Works Program

Alvar Escriva-Bou

Public Policy Institute of California

E. Joaquin Esquivel

State Water Resources Control Board

Aaron Fukuda

Tulare Irrigation District

Ellen Hanak

Public Policy Institute of California

Bill Hasencamp

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Kyle Jones

Community Water Center

Sandy Kerl

San Diego County Water Authority

Sandi Matsumoto

The Nature Conservancy, California Chapter

Jeffrey Mount

Public Policy Institute of California

Karla Nemeth

California Department of Water Resources

Caitlin Peterson

Public Policy Institute of California

Julie Rentner

River Partners

Mike Tognolini

East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)

Event Photos

photo - Caitlin Peterson welcomes the audience

Caitlin Peterson welcomes the audience

photo - Jeffrey Mount presents

Jeffrey Mount presents “Priorities for California Water: Thriving with Less”

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Panel discussion on “Shortage: Strategies for Dry Years”

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Panel discussion on “Surplus: Strategies for Wet Years”

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Panel discussion on “Finding Balance: Policy’s Role in Adapting to Extremes”

photo - Ellen Hanak wraps up the conference

Ellen Hanak wraps up the conference

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Topics

Drought Economy Floods Freshwater Ecosystems Safe Drinking Water San Joaquin Valley Water Supply Water, Land & Air