12th Annual OC Water Summit
WATER Under the Microscope

Friday, May 31, 2019
7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disneyland Resort
Anaheim, California


7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. Welcome and Pledge of Allegiance
  • Stephen R. Sheldon, Board Member, Orange County Water District (Confirmed)
  • Jeffery M. Thomas, Board Member, Municipal Water District of Orange County (Confirmed)

8:10 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. Emcee Welcome & Water Forecast
  • Fritz Coleman, Weathercaster, NBC 4 (Confirmed)

8:20 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. Session 1: A Closer Look at our Past, to Prepare Wisely for the Future

"Travel most anywhere in California and there is a river, creek or stream nearby. Some are highly noticeable and are an integral part of the community. Others are more obscure, with intermittent flows or enclosed by boxed concrete flood channels that conceal their true appearance. No matter the location, each area shares some common themes: cooperation and conflict regarding water allocations, greater water conservation, an awareness of environmental stewardship, and plans that ensure long-term sustainability." Pitzer and Sudman (Western Water)

Both the Santa Ana and Los Angeles rivers were the lifelines that shaped communities and the economy of Southern California. How can we continue to harness their power while also bringing them back to life?
  • Phil Brigandi, Orange County Historian (Confirmed)
  • Nathan Masters, Host and Executive Producer of Lost L.A. (Confirmed)

8:55 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Session 2: Magnifying the Situation

Since the Flint, Michigan water crisis broke in 2014, there has been a heightened awareness and legitimate concern about contaminants in water supplies and the governing bodies that are charged with ensuring water is safe. With this attention comes a tremendous amount of pressure on state and federal regulators to fast-track setting regulations for a slew of contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) like microplastics, PFOA and PFOS. In the process, water agencies are faced with having to address costly and contradictory notification and response requirements before proper testing methods have been solidified or before thorough toxicology and health impacts studies are conducted to confirm what are safe levels of exposure. Are we approaching CECs the right way?
  • Darrin Polhemus, Deputy Director, State Water Resources Control Board (Confirmed)
  • Jason Dadakis, Executive Director of Water Quality & Technology, Orange County Water District (Confirmed)
  • Dr. Wayne Miller, Director, Yorba Linda Water District (Confirmed)
  • The Honorable Anthony Portantino, California State Senate, District 25 (Invited)

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Networking Break

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Session 3: What's in "Storage" for CA's Water Future?

Water storage is critical to California's water supplies, hydropower and sustaining wildlife and habitat. Erratic weather conditions and the timing and intensity of rainfall have made the capture and storage of water more challenging. The debate continues as to whether there is a need to build new and expensive reservoirs or if modifying operations of existing surface reservoirs and groundwater basins and mandating more water conservation are enough to meet California's future water demands.
  • Bill Hasencamp, Manager, Colorado River Resources, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Confirmed)
  • Eric Averett, General Manager, Rosedale Rio Bravo Storage District (Confirmed)
  • Jim Watson, General Manager, Sites Project Authority (Confirmed)

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session 4: 2018 Wildfires - Water Shortages, Environmental Policies or Forestry Management Issue?

There have been many mixed messages about the reason(s) for the increase and magnitude of devastating wildfires occurring in California. They range from environmental policies to water shortages. In this session, we will hear Calforests' and Cal Fire's perspectives on the matter and the important work they are doing to prevent a repeat of the state's deadliest wildfire season on record.
  • Rich Gordon, President, California Forestry Association (Confirmed)
  • Chief Thom Porter, Acting Director, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Invited)

12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. Networking Break/Room Set-up for Luncheon

12:15 p.m. Lunch Service Begins

12:40 p.m. - 1:25 p.m. Session 5: Innovate to Satiate

It's going to take significant investments in the research and development of innovative technologies to help sustain current water supplies and create new sources. Unlocking the molecular make-up of resurrection plants to possibly grow nourishing crops that can survive without water for very long periods of time, as well as creating water out of thin air, are just two ways inventors are pushing the envelope to prepare for limited and unpredictable water conditions and to sustain and grow California's multi-billion-dollar ag industry.
  • Moderator & Speaker: Joseph I. Castro, Ph.D., M.P.P., President, California State University, Fresno (Confirmed)
  • Jill Farrant, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa (Confirmed)
  • Jorge Heraud, Co-founder & CEO, Blue River Technology (Invited)
  • Willem Swart, Project Manager, Studio of Environmental Architecture, Skysource Project (2018 X-Prize winner) (Confirmed)

1:25 p.m. Closing Remarks

*Program subject to change