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
  • Phil Brigandi, Orange County Historian (Confirmed)
  • Nathan Masters, Host and Executive Producer of Lost L.A. (Confirmed)

8:55 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. Session 2: Magnifying the Situation
  • Representative, CA Division of Drinking Water TBD
  • 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)

9:55 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Networking Break

10:10 a.m. - 11:05 a.m, Session 3: What’s in "Storage" for CA's Water Future?
  • Bill Hasencamp, Manager, Colorado River Resources, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Confirmed)
  • Eric Averett, General Manager, Rosedale Rio Bravo Storage District (Invited)
  • Jim Watson, General Manager, Sites Project Authority (Confirmed)

11:05 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Session 4: 2018 Wildfires - Water Shortages, Environmental Policies or Forestry Management Issue?
  • Rich Gordon, President, California Forestry Association (Confirmed)
  • Chief Thom Porter, Acting Director, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Invited)

11:45 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. Networking Break/Room Set-up for Luncheon

12:05 p.m. Lunch Service Begins

12:15 p.m. - 1:05 p.m. Session 5: Innovate to Satiate
  • 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)

1:05 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Session 6: California's Water Future
  • The Honorable Gavin Newsom, Governor, State of California (Invited)

1:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

*Program subject to change