2017 Santa Ana River Watershed Conference

The Santa Ana River Watershed Conference examined pressing issues key to the watershed that spans Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The daylong event was held on May 25 at the Ontario Convention Center in the city of Ontario.

Participants heard about the importance of the Santa Ana River Watershed and how, through powerful partnerships, the region can find resilient solutions to  improve the quality and reliability of the local water supply.

Discussions centered around:

  • Implementing the 21st Century water strategy
  • Mapping water use, making the watershed resilient
  • Engaging with under-represented and overburdened communities
  • Showcasing the region’s ambitious integrated (water use efficiency) projects
  • To Prop 1 and beyond! Aligning local, state & federal dollars for a resilient watershed

Speakers included:

  • Gary Bardini, Deputy Director, Integrated Water Management, California Department of Water Resources
  • Jacklynn Gould, Deputy Regional Director, Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region 
  • Newsha Ajami, Director of Urban Water Policy, Stanford University’s Water in the West
  • Joone Lopez, General Manager, Moulton Niguel Water District
  • Christine Boyle, Founder and CEO, Valor Water Analytics, Inc.
  • Chelsea Minton, Director of Sales and Partner Relations, OmniEarth
  • Wade Crowfoot, Chief Executive Officer, Water Foundation
  • Susana De Anda, Co-Executive Director, Community Water Center

The event was convened by the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) and coordinated by the Water Education Foundation.

SAWPA was an early champion of the One Water One Watershed – OWOW – concept and built it into an innovative and integrated planning process being implemented in the watershed. Click here to see the latest plan. 

If you have any questions about the conference, email Kasey Chong or call him at 916-444-6240.

Ontario Convention Center
2000 E Convention Center Way
Ontario, CA 91764



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Chino Basin Water Conservation District

A public agency whose goal is the protection of the Chino Groundwater Basin in order to guarantee that current and future water needs will be met. The Basin is protected by the capture and percolation of waters through the District’s network of channels, basins and spreading grounds.


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Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a regional wholesaler that delivers water to 26 member public agencies – 14 cities, 11 municipal water districts, one county water authority – which in turn provides water to more than 19 million people in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties.


Orange County Sanitation District

“To protect public health and the environment by providing effective wastewater collection, treatment, and recycling.”


San Bernardino County Flood Control District

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The firm helps clients plan, design, permit, construct, and manage private and public projects that improve communities’ infrastructure and natural environments in the western United States.


Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

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Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District

The district’s mission is to protect people, property and watersheds from damage or destruction from flood and storm waters and to conserve, reclaim and save such waters for beneficial use.


Orange County Water District

The District’s primary responsibility is managing the vast groundwater basin under northern and central Orange County that supplies water to more than 20 cities and water agencies, serving more than 2.3 million Orange County residents.


Inland Empire Utilities Agency

A leader in water management and environmental stewardship, including water quality, water-use efficiency, recycled water, and renewable energy, in order to enhance and preserve the quality of life throughout the region.


Western Municipal Water District

Western Municipal Water District was formed in 1954, and today provides reliable water and wastewater services to retail customers and wholesale agencies from Corona to Temecula.


San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District

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Eastern Municipal Water District

We deliver value to our customers and the communities we serve by providing safe, reliable, economical and environmentally sustainable water, wastewater and recycled water services.


Irvine Ranch Water District

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