2022 Program

14th Annual OC Water Summit
California Dreamin': Making Water Infrastructure a Reality

Friday, September 16, 2022
7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disneyland Resort
Anaheim, California


PROGRAM*

7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 am to 8:10 am Welcome and Pledge of Allegiance
  • Jeffery M. Thomas, Jeffery M. Thomas, Board Member, Municipal Water District of Orange County
  • Stephen R. Sheldon, President, Orange County Water District
  • Jeff Kightlinger, Interim General Manager, Pasadena Water and Power, and Former Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

8:10 am – 9:00 am Megadrought: Is There Any Doubt?
  • Brenda Burman, Executive Strategy Advisor, Central Arizona Project
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Session One

9:00 am- 10:00 am Proposition Proposal: Dam the Legislature, Grow Me the Money
  • Moderator: Jeff Kightlinger, Interim General Manager, Pasadena Water and Power, and Former Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Dr. Jerry Meral, Director of the California Water Program, National Heritage Institute and Author, 2014 Water Bond
  • Lisa Ohlund, Water/Wastewater Consultant, Ohlund Management & Technical Services
  • The Honorable Devon Mathis, Assemblyman, California State Assembly
  • William Bourdeau, Chairman, California Water Alliance and Vice Chair, San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority
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Session Two

10:00 am – 10:20 am Networking Break

10:20 am – 11:00 am Mission Impossible: Water Projects We Need Now
  • Moderator: Craig Miller, General Manager, Western Municipal Water District
  • JP Robinette, Engineering and Construction Manager, Sites Reservoir Project
  • Graham Bradner, Executive Director, Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority
  • Deven Upadhyay, Assistant General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
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Session Three

11:00 am – 12:00 pm To Pump or Not to Pump: Re-examining Conventional Wisdom About the Delta
  • Moderator: Michael Patrick George, Delta Watermaster, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Karla Nemeth, Director, California Department of Water Resources
  • Dr. Laurel Larsen, Lead Scientist, Delta Stewardship Council
  • Melinda Terry, General Manager, North Delta Water Agency
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Session Four

12:00 pm – 12:10 pm Closing Remarks
  • Jeffery M. Thomas, Jeffery M. Thomas, Board Member, Municipal Water District of Orange County
  • Stephen R. Sheldon, President, Orange County Water District
  • Jeff Kightlinger, Interim General Manager, Pasadena Water and Power, and Former Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

12:10 pm – 1:30 pm Buffet Lunch and Networking

*Program subject to change