Top Policy Experts and Issues Key to California’s Water Future on Tap for Executive Briefing
Natural Resources Secretary John Laird Among the Top Speakers
This annual must-attend event features provocative discussions examining the new normal – how climate change will impact the hydrology of water supplies in the West – Delta tunnels, SGMA: Part Two, and more.
The Water Education Foundation’s annual flagship event will be held March 17, 2016 in Sacramento. The theme for this year’s Executive Briefing is “Defining the New Normal.”
- “Thriving During Climate and Water Change: Strategies for the 21st Century,” Brad Udall, Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist/Scholar, Colorado Water Institute, Colorado State University
- “Water Year 2016: View from the State Water Board,” Felicia Marcus, Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board
- Lunch address: “Moving to a Sustainable Water Future for California,” John Laird, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
Panels include an exciting, knowledgeable line-up of experts:
Lester Snow, Executive Director of the Water Foundation and former secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, will moderate a panel on funding sources for water projects. Panelists include Ian Parker, Managing Director, Public Sector and Infrastructure Banking, Goldman Sachs and Chris McKenzie, Executive Director of the League of California Cities.
David Gutierrez, Program Manager of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Program for the California Department of Water Resources, and attorney David Aladjem, Partner at Downey Brand, will join in the panel discussion entitled “One Year Later: Implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.”
A Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta panel, exploring key topics about the proposed dual tunnels and habitat restoration, will feature Roger Patterson, Assistant General Manager at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Doug Obegi, Staff Attorney at Natural Resources Defense Council, among others.
This is the go-to conference for water district managers and board members, state and federal agency officials, city and county government officials, farmers, environmentalists, attorneys, consultants, engineers, business executives and public interest groups.
Don’t miss it!