2021 OC Water Summit Program*


8:00 – 8:05 a.m. Welcome

Welcome address by Directors Sheldon and Thomas, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and introduction of Master of Ceremonies.

  • Stephen Sheldon, President, Orange County Water District
  • Jeffery Thomas, Director, Municipal Water District of Orange County
  • Fritz Coleman, Master of Ceremonies

8:05 – 8:45 a.m. Water Prediction—Collaboration Yields Increased Supplies

Weather forecasting is nothing new, but recent advancements in forecasting are aiding stormwater capture and flood control efforts. From Lake Mendocino to Prado Dam, improved water and weather forecasts allow for more effective management of reservoirs. Learn more about this public-private collaboration that has gained support for developing Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations.

  • Moderator: Fritz Coleman
  • Marty Ralph, PhD., Director, Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • David Van Dorpe, P.E., PMP, Deputy District Director, Los Angeles District, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Grant Davis, General Manager, Sonoma Water

8:45 – 9:40 a.m. The Best Defense to Drought is Water Supply

Forty-two percent of California is experiencing drought and reservoirs are at historic lows. While Orange County is well prepared for dry conditions, it still must battle with decreased water allocations. Yet, the state has not invested in large scale water infrastructure in decades. Why? What challenges stand in the way? A panel of experts will lay it all on the table as they debate California's best course of action to sustainably increase its water supply.

  • Steven Greenhut, Author, Winning the Water Wars
  • Jennifer Pierre, General Manager, State Water Contractors
  • William Bourdeau, Chairman, California Water Alliance and Executive Vice President, Harris Farms

9:40 – 10:00 a.m. BREAK

10:00 – 10:40 a.m. PFAS—Where are We Now?

In 2019, PFAS became a critical issue for the water industry. The Orange County Water District has led the way in exploring how PFAS can be removed from groundwater supplies. Hear from the experts who are researching, designing and constructing PFAS treatment in Orange County.

  • Moderator: Jason Dadakis, Executive Director of Water Quality and Technical Resources, OCWD
  • Patricia Tinnerino, Account Manager-Environmental Solutions, Evoqua Water Technologies
  • Scott Grieco, Ph.D., P.E., Global Technology Leader, Jacobs
  • Kirk Harns, P.E., Owner, Pacific Hydrotech

10:40 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. The Santa Ana River—What's Coming Downstream?

What's happening in the upper watershed affects Orange County. Learn what's in store for Southern California's largest river and how this will impact us downstream.

  • Moderator: Jeff Mosher, General Manager, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
  • Shivaji Deshmukh, P.E., General Manager, Inland Empire Utilities Agency
  • Bob Tincher, Deputy General Manager, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District
  • Todd Corbin, General Manager, Riverside Public Utilities
  • Mike Markus, General Manager, Orange County Water District
  • Craig Miller, General Manager, Western Municipal Water District

11:20 a.m - 12:15 p.m. 19 Million People, 26 Agencies—Will the Plan Serve All?

Hear from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MET) about its recently completed Integrated Water Resources Plan (IRP). What's in it and does it guarantee a reliable water system for generations to come. Does the audience agree? Hear stakeholder questions tackled live on stage.

  • Adel Hagekhalil, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH & NETWORKING

12:45 - Closing remarks from Directors Sheldon and Thomas.

  • Stephen Sheldon, President, Orange County Water District
  • Jeffery Thomas, Director, Municipal Water District of Orange County

*Program subject to change