Capitol Weekly and UC Center Present: Water 2015

WATER 2015 features two dozen water experts and decision makers looking at water policy in California. Panelists discussed The Bay Delta Conservation Plan, the impact of the Water Bond, new groundwater legislation and conservation of the state’s most precious resource.


The Money: Who Pays, and How Much?

Welcoming remarks, Tim Foster, Open California; A.G. Block, UC Center

Moderator: Anthony York, Grizzly Bear Project
Joe Byrne, California Water Commission
Joe Caves, Conservation Strategy Group
Denise Kruger, Golden State Water
Roger K. Patterson, Metropolitan Water District
Cindy Tuck, Association of California Water Agencies


Drought Impact: Shared Pain for California’s Farms, Cities and Rural Regions

Moderator: Jennifer Bowles, Water Education Foundation

Jim Branham, Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Adrian Covert, Bay Area Council
Laurel Firestone, Community Water Center
Chairman Bo Mazzetti, Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians
Assemblyman Henry Perea, Chair, Agriculture Committee


Keynote: California State Senator Lois Wolk


The Delta: At the Heart of California’s Water System

Moderator: Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio

Osha Meserve, Soluri Meserve Law Corporation
Marguerite Patil, Contra Costa Water District
Mary Piepho, Contra Costa Board of Supervisors
Richard Stapler, California Natural Resources Agency


Storage and Supply: Reservoirs vs. Groundwater vs. Everything Else

Moderator: Chris Austin, Maven’s Notebook

Thad Bettner, Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District
Jim Earp, California Alliance for Jobs
Doug Obegi, Natural Resource Defense Council
David Orth, Kings River Conservation District