2021 OC Water Summit Program*


8:00 – 8:10 a.m. Welcome

Welcome address by Directors Sheldon and Thomas, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and introduction of Master of Ceremonies.

  • Stephen Sheldon, President, Orange County Water District
  • Jeffery Thomas, Director, Municipal Water District of Orange County
  • Fritz Coleman, Master of Ceremonies

8:10 – 9:10 a.m. The Delta—Have We Grown Apart?

Since the 1960s, the Delta has been synonymous with California water. Decades later, is investing in the Delta still the answer? What’s the real cost? How long will it take? Is there an alternative? Explore these questions and many more as we take a deeper dive into the Delta.

  • Moderator: Steven Greenhut, Author
  • Speakers TBD

9:10 – 10:00 a.m. Water Prediction—Collaboration Yields Increased Supplies

Weather forecasting is nothing new, but recent advancements in forecasting are aiding stormwater capture and flood control efforts. From Lake Mendocino to Prado Dam, improved water and weather forecasts allow for more effective management of reservoirs. Learn more about this public-private collaboration that has gained support for developing Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations.

  • Moderator: Fritz Coleman
  • Marty Ralph, PhD., Director, Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Col. Julie A. Balten, 63rd Commander, Los Angeles District, US Army Corps of Engineers (Invited)
  • Grant Davis, General Manager, Sonoma Water

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. BREAK

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. PFAS—Where are We Now?

In 2019, PFAS became a critical issue for the water industry. The Orange County Water District has led the way in exploring how PFAS can be removed from groundwater supplies. Hear from the experts who are researching, designing and constructing PFAS treatment in Orange County.

  • Moderator: Jason Dadakis, Executive Director of Water Quality and Technical Resources, OCWD
  • Patricia Tinnerino, Account Manager-Environmental Solutions, Evoqua Water Technologies
  • Scott Grieco, Ph.D., P.E., Global Technology Leader, Jacobs
  • Kirk Harns, Owner, Pacific Hydrotech

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Santa Ana River—What's Coming Downstream?

What's happening in the upper watershed affects Orange County. Learn what's in store for Southern California's largest river and how this will impact us downstream.

  • Moderator: Jeff Mosher, General Manager, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
  • Shivaji Deshmukh, P.E., General Manager, Inland Empire Utilities Agency
  • Heather Dyer, CEO and General Manager, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District
  • Todd Corbin, General Manager, Riverside Public Utilities

12:00-12:30 p.m. 19 Million People, 26 Agencies—Will the Plan Serve All?

Hear from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MET) about its recently completed Integrated Water Resources Plan (IRP). What's in it and does it guarantee a reliable water system for generations to come. Does the audience agree? Hear stakeholder questions tackled live on stage.

  • Adel Hagekhalil, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (To be invited)

12:30 – 12:45 p.m. BREAK

12:45 – 1:00 p.m. LUNCH SERVICE

1:00 – 1:25 p.m. Keynote: Title TBD
  • Speaker TBD

1:25-1:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Closing remarks from Directors Sheldon and Thomas.

  • Stephen Sheldon, President, Orange County Water District
  • Jeffery Thomas, Director, Municipal Water District of Orange County

*Program subject to change