Thursday February 19, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM PST
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Sacramento Masonic Temple 
1123 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Kathy Brown 
Capitol Weekly 

On February 19, 2015, Capitol Weekly & UC Center will host a conference: WATER 2015, a day-long program looking at the future of water in California. It marks the 14th conference on critical state issues jointly sponsored by Capitol Weekly and the UC Center.

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


8 a.m. – 9 a.m.  Check in, coffee

9 a.m. – 9: 15 a.m.
Welcoming remarks, Tim Foster, Open California; A.G. Block, UC Center

9:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Panel 1 The Money: Who Pays, and How Much?
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

10:45 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Panel 2 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

Luncheon: Noon
Keynote: California State Sen. Lois Wolk
Introduced by John Howard, Capitol Weekly

12:55 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
Panel 3 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

2:20 p.m. – 3:30 p.m
Panel 4 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 CouncilDavid Orth, Kings River Conservation District

Click below to save your seat. $199 registration fee includes: coffee, lunch and all conference materials.

Special $99 rate for California state government staff!

For Registration information contact Capitol Weekly at 916 444 7665 or tim.foster@capitolweekly.net.

For questions about content, please contact John Howard at 916 444-7665 or john.howard@capitolweekly.net.

Sponsors include The California Endowment, the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations, Californians for Water Security, The California Channel, Capital Public Radio, The California Center for Civic Participation, The Gualco Group Inc., The Water Education Foundation, KP Public Affairs, Fiona Hutton and Associates, Comcast Spotlight, Maven's Notebook, The California Building Industry Association and the California Alliance for Jobs.