10th Annual OC Water Summit
Finding Water

Friday, June 16, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Grand Californian Hotel, Disneyland Resort
Anaheim, California


7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 8:10 a.m. Welcome, Pledge of Allegiance and Introduction of Emcee
  • Stephen R. Sheldon, Director, Orange County Water District (Confirmed)
  • Jeffery M. Thomas, Director, Municipal Water District of Orange County (Confirmed)
8:10 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. Session 1: On the Waterfront
What are the current water conditions of Orange County and California? When the drought is over will the water industry reinvent how it manages water or will it just fall back into the same old routine?

Master of Ceremonies: Fritz Coleman, Weathercaster, NBC4 (Confirmed)

  • David Sedlak, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Author of "Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource" (Confirmed)
8:40 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Session 2: Mine! Mine! Mine!
Improving statewide water supply reliability while protecting and restoring a healthy ecosystem in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta – realistic or a pipe dream?
  • Member of the Delta Stewardship Council (Invited)
  • Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Confirmed)
  • Representative(s) from California Fishing or Farming Industries (TBD)
9:20 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. Break
9:35 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Session 3: Under the Sea
With nearly 900 miles of coastline, why aren’t more California communities tapping into the sea as a reliable water source? Hear about a community that built a desalination plant, mothballed it and then decided to bring it back online, as well as from two agencies trying to get desalination plants built in their communities.
  • The Honorable Helene Schneider, City of Santa Barbara (Confirmed)
  • David J. Stoldt, General Manager, Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (Confirmed)
  • Representative from West Basin Municipal Water District (Invited)
10:15 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Session 4: The One That Almost Got Away
Flood control measures put in place decades ago changed the landscape of the Los Angeles and Santa Ana rivers and also allowed for precious stormwater to be lost to the ocean. Learn about communities working collaboratively with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to increase stormwater capture and revitalize local rivers.
  • Colonel Kirk E. Gibbs, Commander, Los Angeles District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Confirmed)
  • Frank Gehry, World-renowned Architect, Gehry Partners, LLP (Invited)
  • The Honorable J. Luis Correa, U.S. House of Representatives, 46th District (Invited)
11:10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Session 5: Casting a Wider Net
We cannot rely on Mother Nature to meet current or future water demands. Agencies must cast a wider net and, if feasible, make water reuse part of their portfolios. There are still obstacles that are delaying projects. Three water leaders that have been instrumental in changing the tide will share their insights for getting the job done.
  • Marcie Edwards, Former General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the City of Anaheim (Confirmed)
  • Debra Man, Chief Operating Officer, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Confirmed)
  • Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California (Invited)
11:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. Break
12:05 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Lunch and Session 6: "Let There Be Water"
  • Seth M. Siegel, N.Y. Times Bestselling Author of "Let There Be Water" (Invited)
1:25 p.m. Closing Remarks

* Program Subject to Change
** To Be Determined