11th Annual OC Water Summit
Water: Behind the Magic

Friday, June 1, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disneyland Resort
Anaheim, California


7:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome & Pledge of Allegiance
  • Jeffery M. Thomas, Director, Municipal Water District of Orange County (Confirmed)
  • Stephen R. Sheldon, Director, Orange County Water District (Confirmed)
  • Master of Ceremonies: Fritz Coleman, Weathercaster, NBC4 (Confirmed)
8:10 a.m. Session 1: Looking into the Crystal Ball - Forecasting Future Water Supplies
Will we see a return to drought, or another winter of magical storms? NBC 4 weathercaster Fritz Coleman looks into his crystal ball to give the Orange County and California water forecast and Mr. Hartman will discuss improving weather predictability and its correlation to capturing more stormwater.
  • Fritz Coleman, Weathercaster, NBC4 (Confirmed)
  • Robert K. Hartman, Hydrologist and Consultant (Confirmed)

Looking Into the Crystal Ball
8:45 a.m. Session 2: Vying for the Wand – State or Local Control
More than 40 years ago, the State Water Resources Control Board was created and given the broad authority and responsibility to protect California's water quality and balance competing demands on our water resources. However, over the last several years, its powers have expanded to enforcement in areas typically addressed by local water agencies like conservation and consolidation. What is the right balance of power? In this session, attendees will hear about the State Board’s broad authorities and newer roles addressing homelessness near bodies of water and other controversial subject matter.
  • David Rose, Office of Chief Counsel, State Water Resources Control Board (Confirmed)

Vying for the Wand
9:15 a.m. Networking Break
9:30 a.m. Session 3: The Illusion of Conservation – The Unintended Consequences of Water Use Mandates
Conventional wisdom suggests conserving water can only benefit areas affected by drought. But researchers at the University of California, Riverside have deduced that indoor residential conservation can have unintended consequences in places where systems of wastewater reuse have already been implemented, diminishing both the quantity and quality of influent available for treatment. Meanwhile reduced demands are stressing water systems that were built for large deliveries and are spurring water quality issues.
  • Kurt Schwabe, Adjunct Fellow, Water Policy Center, Public Policy Institute of California (Confirmed)
  • Marc Marcantonio, General Manager, Yorba Linda Water District (Confirmed)

The Illusion on Conservation
10:10 a.m. Session 4: Resisting the Force – Regional Agencies Resist Permanent Conservation Measures
San Francisco Public Utility Commission and San Diego County Water Authority will discuss their efforts to contest the State Water Resources Control Board's move to enact permanent conservation measures.
  • Steve R. Ritchie, Assistant General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • Jeff Stephenson, Principal Water Resources Specialist, San Diego County Water Authority (Confirmed)

Resisting the Force
10:50 a.m. Session 5: Déjà Vu? Another Water Bond?
California voters will have the opportunity to vote on two water bond measures this year, while billions of Prop 1 money has yet to be allocated by the California Water Commission.
  • Moderator: Chris "Maven" Austin - Author of The Maven's Notebook (Confirmed)
  • Joseph Byrne, Member, California Water Commission (Confirmed)
  • Dr. Gerald Meral, Author, The Water Supply and Quality Act of 2018 (Confirmed)

Déjà Vu?
11:20 a.m. Networking Break
12:00 p.m. Luncheon Sessions

Water System Transfiguration
Investments in water infrastructure allow for a safe and reliable water supply to be delivered to a vast majority of residents across the state. However, this is not the case for some Californians who live in rural, disadvantaged communities that lack access to clean drinking water. While local, public water agencies understand this is a critical public health and social issue that requires focused state leadership, many believe that taxing Californians' water is not the solution. Proposed legislation would fundamentally change how water districts operate - while others could cease to exist.
  • The Honorable William W. Monning, California State Senate Majority Leader, Author of SB 623 (Confirmed)
  • Paul D. Jones II, P.E., General Manager, Eastern Municipal Water District (Confirmed)
  • Jon Coupal, President, Howard Jarvis Tax Payers Association (Confirmed)

Water System Transfiguration
12:50 p.m. Magic be Dammed! – Bringing Water & Power to the West
The United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) is a contemporary water management agency and the largest wholesale provider of water in the country. It delivers water to more than 31 million people and provides one out of five western farmers with irrigation water for farmland that produces much of the nation’s produce. The USBR is also the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States and has constructed more than 600 dams and reservoirs including Hoover Dam on the Colorado River and Grand Coulee on the Columbia River.
  • Brenda Burman, Commissioner U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation (Confirmed)

Magic be Dammed!
1:25 p.m. Closing Remarks

*Program Subject to Change