2013 Santa Ana River Watershed Conference

Convened by the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) and coordinated by the Water Education Foundation, this conference was held April 11 at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa and featured a range of presentations aimed at encouraging regional players to work together to tackle the industry's most pressing issues.

The day-long conference delved into the role of energy in water management and highlighted key examples of innovative partnerships among watershed stakeholders - regional water districts, governmental agencies, businesses, communities and residents - that are models for the Santa Ana River watershed.

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Phil Anthony, SAWPA Commissioner:
Dam Sediment Management...Taking a Regional Approach

Gary Bardini, Deputy Director, California Department of Water Resources:
The Future of Integrated Water Management: Moving the Program Forward

Celeste Cantu, SAWPA General Manager:
Send Lawyers, Guns and Money: Is there a better way to do business?

Omar Dandashi, Vice President, Lewis Operating Company:
Mill Creek Wetlands - Integrated Partnerships, Integrated Solutions

Tom Evans, SAWPA Commissioner/LESJWA Director:
Lake Improvement through the Watershed Approach

Subhrendu Gangopadhyay, Principal Hydrologic Engineer, Water Resources Planning and Operations Support Group, Reclamation Technical Service Center:
Water Planning in a Future Context: watershed Specific Climate Data and Tools

Thomas Gougeon, Vice President, Denver Water Board:
Water Resource Investment: From the Forest to Faucet

Lester Snow, Executive Director, California Water Foundation:
Changing Models: Collaborative Solutions

Colonel Mark Toy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
Building Strong in the Santa Ana River Watershed: Taking Care of People through Watershed Collaboration



Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP CDM Smith City of Riverside
Inland Empire Utilities Agency San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District
Western Municipal Water District


Geoscience San Bernardino County Flood Control District


Dolphin Group Eastern Municipal Water District Irvine Ranch Water District
Jackson DeMarco Tidus Peckenpaugh Kennedy/Jenks Consulting
Mesa Water District Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Orange County Water District
RBF Consulting Santa Ana Watershed Association


Best Best & Krieger Carollo Engineers
Chino Basin Water Conservation District CV Strategies
David Taussig & Associates Dudek
The Energy Network E.S. Babcock & Sons, Inc.
ESRI HomeServe USA
Kidman Law, LLP PSB Integrated Marketing
San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency Stantec