2014 Conference

Building a Water and Energy Efficient California:

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Speaker presentations are available below for download.

Watch a special conference ReCap by Director Inge Bisconer, The Toro Company
provided by The Grange Network



Thursday, January 23, 2014

9:30 AM-10:00 AM Keynote Speaker Benjamin Grumbles, President, US Water Alliance

10:00AM-11:45 AM Opening Panel
Moderated by Mary Ann Dickinson

Felicia Marcus, State Water Resources Control Board
Sam Newman, PG&E Customer Energy Solutions
Tina Shields, Imperial Irrigation District
Dr. Lon House, Water & Energy Consulting
Jim Mayer, California Forward

12:00 Lunch and Awards Presentation

Remotely Measuring our Progress
Moderated by Dean Currie

Remote Sensing for Land Use Monitoring & ET Estimates, Jeff Milliken, US Bureau of Reclamation
Evaluating the Relationship between Water Quality and Infiltration, Becky Phene, Ag Pro Marketing
New and Future Remote Sensing Capabilities for Monitoring Earth’s Fresh Water, Duane Waliser, NASA JPL
1:30PM-3:00PM URBAN
What’s the Latest with Water Conservation and 20 x 2020?
Moderated by Linda Yager

Meeting the Targets: How are We Doing? Peter Brostrom, California Department of Water Resources
A Wholesaler’s Plan to Meet the 20x 2020 Target, Jerry DeLaPiedra, Santa Clara Valley District
A Retailer’s Plan to Meet the 20 20×2020, Catherine Elvert, City of Palo Alto
Water Consrvation Policy Updates, Manucher Alemi, California Department of Water Resources

3:00 PM-3:20 PM Break
Ground Level Implementation-Making it Work
Moderators: Manucher Alemi and Tim O’Halloran

Implementing SBX7-7 at the District Level, Lewis Bair, Reclamation District 108
The Combined Evaluation-A New Audit Methodology, Pete Canessa, Fresno State
Calibrating Orifice Flow Gates for SBX7-7 Compliance, Dan Howes, Irrigation Training and Research Center
The History and Future of Water Measurement in the Tulare Irrigation District, Aaron Fukuda, Tulare Irrigation District
3:20 PM-5:00 PM URBAN
Energy-Smart Landscapes
Moderator: Dave Koller

Putting Together a Water Energy Partnership, Bill McDonnell, Metropolitan Water District
Getting to Energy Smart Landscapes, Douglas Kent, Southern California Gas Company

5:00 PM-7:00 PM Reception

Friday, January 24, 2014

Agriculture and Urban Common Threads
Moderators: Chase Hurley, David Miler and Manucher Alemi

Geography of Water and Energy Use, Lorraine White, GEI Consultants
Energy and Green House Gas Emission Reduction-State Water Project, Veronica Hicks, Department of Water Resources
Policies and Practices for Water &Energy Efficiency in California, Kritina Donnelly, Pacific Institute
Urban Water Rate Structure, Frank Maitski, Santa Clara Valley Water District


9:50 AM-10:10 AM BREAK


Alliances to Improve On-Farm Irrigation Practices
Moderators: Blake Sanden and Inge Bisconer

Overview of California Ag Irrigation Methods, Dave DeWalt, National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS)
Western Ag and Conservation Coalition, John Farner, Irrigation Association
Ag Water and Energy Center at Fresno State, Dr. David Zoldoske, CIT/Fresno State
Getting by with Less Water in Trees and Vines, Blake Sanden, UC Cooperative Extension
Retrofitting for Succes and Profitability, Jim Anshutz, Ag/H2O

10:10 AM-11:00 AM URBAN
Water and Energy Programs on the Ground
Moderators: Mary Ann Dickinson and William Granger

The Coachella Valley Study: Yes, You Can Save Energy in Landscape, Dave Koller, Coachella Valley Water District
One Agency’s Experience with Smart Meters, Richard Harris, East Bay MUD

11:00-12:00 PM AGRICULTURE
Innovation in Urban Landscape Irrigation: Expert Discussion
Moderators: Linda Yager and William Granger

Don Franklin, Hunter
Mike Baron, Toro
Fred March, Weathermatic
Ben Slick, Hydropoint
Bob Best, Netafim
John Ossa, Rain Bird


12:00 PM-1:30 PM Lunch Speaker:
Phil Rosentrater, Salton Sea Restoration Project