2015 Conference

California Water: Are We Racing to the Bottom?cover




9:30-10:00 AM    Keynote Speaker: Lester Snow

Lester Snow, California Water Foundation

10:00-11:45 AM   Opening Panel, moderated by Chase Hurley

Randy Fiorini, Farmer & Delta Stewardship Council
Carl Hauge, Department of Water Resources (retired)
Maurice Hall, The Nature Conservancy
DeeDee D’Adamo, State Water Resources Control Board
Tanya Trujillo, Colorado River Board of California

12:00-1:30 PM    Lunch and Awards Presentation

1:30-3:00 PM    AGRICULTURE

How to Improve On-Farm Water Use Efficiency
Moderated by Inge Bisconer

How Irrigation Uniformity and Management Affects Plant Health, Keith Backman, Dellavalle Laboratory
Limited Water: Management Strategies to Maximize Economic Return, Darcy Villere, J&J Farms
Maximize Irrigation with Drones and Soil Sensing Techology, Brian Bassett, H2O Optimizer
Using Technology to Increase Overall Farm Economic and Environmental Sustainability, Zach Sheely, AZCAL Management Company/Ag World

1:30-3:00 PM URBAN
Diffusing the Confusion: How do Urban Water Agencies Manage a Drought?
Moderated by Dave Koller

Southern California Agency Perspective, Adam Hutchinson, Orange County Water District
Northern California Perspective, Rob Swartz, Sacramento Groundwater Authority
Policy Perspective, Kate Williams, California Water Foundation
Open Forum, Dave Koller

3:00-3:20 PM BREAK



Benefits and Consequences of Improved Water Use Efficiency
Moderated by Dean Currie

Update on California Drought, Dr. Daniele Zaccaria, UC Cooperative Extension
Water-Use It Wisely: a Mobile Lab Perspective, Brian Hockett, NW Kern Resource Conservation District
QSA: “Til Death Do Us Part”, Larry Cox, Imperial Farmer and Stakeholder
The Rest of the Story on Irrigation Efficiency, Dr. Charles Burt, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

3:20-5:00 PM URBAN
State Water Resources Control Board Regulations: Barriers and Issues in the Urban Setting
Moderated by Bill McDonnell

State Water Resources Board Perspective, Fran Spivy Weber, State Water Resources Control Board
We Are Really in the Thick of It, Toby Goddard, City of Santa Cruz
Creating a Water Wise City, Penny Falcon, LA Department of Water and Power
Open Forum, Bill McDonnell


Tuesday, February 2, 2015


Moderated by Dave Miller and Dave Koller

Statewide Perspective, Rich Mills, Department of Water Resources
Blended Recycled Water: The Coachella Valley Experience, Patti Reyes, Coachella Valley WD
The Use of Recycled Water to Prevent Seawater Intrusion, Mike McCullough, Monterey Regional Pollution Control Agency
Innovative Customer Incentives for Recycled Water Use, Kira Alonzo, Metropolitan Water District

9:50- 10:10 AM BREAK



10:10-12:00 PM AGRICULTURE
Irrigating with Increased Salt Levels
Moderated by Chase Hurley

Increased Salinity & Drip Irrigation: Improved Management Techniques, Ron Cunha Agronomy Services
Understanding Salt Loading, Blake Sanden, UC Cooperative Extension
Regulatory Perspective Where are We Headed? Dave Cory, Farmer, Drainage Consultant

10:10-12:00 PM URBAN
New Technology for Modifying Customer Behavior in Drought
Moderated by Mary Ann Dickinson

AMI Update, Mary Ann Dickinson, Alliance for Water Use Efficiency
Creating a Cost Effective Business Case for Advanced Metering Infrastructure Projects, Kimberly Zunino, City of Santa Rosa
The City of Roseville Experience with Water Smart, Lisa Brown, City of Roseville
What Can You View, Burbank Water and Power In-Home Display Program, Erika Sandoval, Burbank Water and Power
Effective Communication=Changes in Customer Behavior, Linda Yager, Placer County Water Agency