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Past · November 13, 2018

Water Priorities for California’s Next Governor

November 13, 2018 · 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

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

About the Program

Tackling California’s most pressing water challenges requires leadership, collaboration, and innovation. Join PPIC Water Policy Center researchers and a diverse group of experts for a wide-ranging discussion on how California’s next governor can promote water policies and practices to benefit the state’s people, economy, and environment.


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

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

9:20 a.m. Panel 1: Water and a Strong Economy
Moderator: David Mitchell, adjunct fellow, PPIC Water Policy Center and principal, M.Cubed
Dan Dunmoyer, president and CEO, California Building Industry Association
Denise Fairchild, president and CEO, Emerald Cities Collaborative
Lorelei Oviatt, director, Kern County Planning Department
Halla Razak, general manager, Inland Empire Utilities Agency

10:20 a.m. Panel 2: Innovating to Tackle Tough Challenges
Moderator: Caitrin Chappelle, associate center director, PPIC Water Policy Center
E. Joaquin Esquivel, board member, State Water Resources Control Board
Robyn Grimm, senior manager of water information systems, Environmental Defense Fund
A.G. Kawamura, owner/partner, Orange County Produce
Cheree Peterson, director of programs for the South Pacific Division, US Army Corps of Engineers

11:20 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. Panel 3: Upgrading the Water Grid
Moderator: Jeff Mount, senior fellow, PPIC Water Policy Center
Curt Aikens, general manager, Yuba Water Agency
Ashley Boren, executive director, Sustainable Conservation
Jason Phillips, CEO, Friant Water Authority
Jennifer Pierre, general manager, State Water Contractors

12:30 p.m. Program ends and informal networking lunch begins

Event Videos

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Water and a Strong Economy

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Innovating to Tackle Tough Challenges

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Upgrading the Water Grid


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