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The Municipal Water District of Orange County strives to provide a variety of services that provide benefit to its stakeholders and constituents. Our efforts focus on sound planning and appropriate investments in water supply development, water use efficiency, public information, legislative advocacy, water education, and emergency preparedness.

 

Water Policy Forum & Dinner: Friday, January 22, 2016

On Friday, January 22, 2016, MWDOC hosted a Water Policy Forum & Dinner at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa. Our featured guest speaker was Felicia Marcus, Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).

At this event, hundreds of water leaders from throughout Southern California converged to hear Ms. Marcus discuss the continuation of Governor Brown's historical Executive Order, which has directed the SWRCB to implement mandatory water reductions that reduce potable urban water use by 25 percent statewide.

Water Policy Forum & Dinner: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, MWDOC hosted a Water Policy Forum & Dinner at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa. Our featured guest speaker was Felicia Marcus, Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).

On April 1, 2015, Governor Brown issued a historical Executive Order to address California’s severe drought conditions and directed the SWRCB to implement mandatory water reductions that  reduce potable urban water use by 25 percent statewide. At this event, hundreds of water leaders from throughout Southern California converged to hear SWRCB Chair, Felicia Marcus, speak about the drought, and the priorities of the SWRCB.

Water Policy Forum & Dinner: Thursday, February 5, 2015

On Thursday, February 5, 2015, MWDOC held a Water Policy Forum & Dinner at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa. Our featured guest speaker was Dr. Lucy Jones of the U.S. Geological Survey. At the event, hundreds of water leaders from throughout Southern California converged to network and learn about Dr. Jones' recent work studying the vulnerability of vital infrastructure within the City of Los Angeles. In identifying water systems as extremely vulnerable to earthquake damage, Dr. Jones developed a resiliency plan that outlines major changes needed to maintain the integrity of the water system during a major earthquake.

 



Water Policy Forum & Dinner: Thursday, October 2, 2014

On Thursday, October 2, 2014, MWDOC held a Water Policy Forum & Dinner at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa. Our featured guest speaker was John Coleman, President of the Association of California Water Agencies. The event began with a pre-dinner reception honoring retiring MWDOC Director Wayne Clark and retiring OCWD Director Kay Barr.
 

 



Water Policy Forum & Dinner: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The MWDOC Water Policy Forum & Dinner took place Wednesday, July 30 at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa. Our featured guest speaker was Randy Record, newly-elected Chairman of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The event began at 5:30 p.m. with a special pre-dinner reception honoring Chairman Record and retiring Metropolitan Directors Jim Edwards and Aaron Grunfeld. At 6:30 p.m. dinner and the keynote presentation began in the Grand Ballroom.



Water Policy Forum & Dinner: Thursday, February 6, 2014

On Thursday, February 6, MWDOC held its first Water Policy Forum & Dinner of 2014. Our featured guest speaker for the evening was Dr. Christopher Thornberg, an expert in economic trends within California and the nation. Dr. Thornberg is a founding partner of Beacon Economics, LLC, and his areas of expertise include regional economics, forecasting, and economic policy. Dr. Thornberg is widely known for predicting the subprime mortgage crash of 2007 and subsequent global recession.


At the Water Policy Forum & Dinner, Dr. Thornberg presented a comprehensive forecast for the U.S. and California economies, with a special focus on water issues affecting the state and why they are so critical to healthy, long-term economic growth. Attendees gained insight into the ongoing economic recovery and the future direction in which the economy is headed in both the near- and long-terms. Dr. Thornberg's presentation included a thorough analysis of key economic indicators, such as commercial and residential real estate markets, employment/unemployment, consumer spending, bankruptcies, business activity, personal income, international trade and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth. The presentation focused on the leading risks still facing the economy: the ideologically-driven political dysfunction in Washington DC, the Federal deficit, and the slowing international economy.

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Water Policy Forum & Dinner: Wednesday, October 23, 2013

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, MWDOC held its quarterly Water Policy Forum & Dinner at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa. Guest speaker Rob Hunter delivered the keynote address on the City of Atlanta's troubled water system and his initial observations of California's water industry.

The event began at 5:30 p.m. with a pre-dinner reception in honor of retiring Metropolitan Water District Directors Ed Little and Bill Wright. At 6:30 p.m. dinner and the keynote presentation began in the Grand Ballroom. Nearly 150 Orange County water leaders, including elected officials, private sector representatives, and community groups participated in this event.


Water Policy Forum & Dinner: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

On Wednesday, July 24, 2013, MWDOC welcomed Carole D'Elia, Deputy Executive Director of the Little Hoover Commission, as the guest speaker at its Water Policy Forum & Dinner. During her keynote address, titled 'The Water-Energy Nexus: Integrating Agendas for Energy Reform,' Ms. D'Elia discussed how California can achieve the 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard by 2020 within the current governance structure.

The event began at 5:30 p.m. with a pre-dinner reception in celebration of Smart Irrigation Month. At 6:30 p.m. dinner and the keynote presentation began in the Grand Ballroom. Nearly 150 Orange County water leaders, including elected officials, private sector representatives, and community groups participated in this event.

 

Water Policy Forum & Dinner: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, MWDOC welcomed State Senator Michael J. Rubio as the guest speaker at its Water Policy Forum & Dinner. During his keynote address, titled '2013: A Pivotal Year for California Water - Implementing the State's Vision for a Reliable Water Future,' Senator Rubio discussed the key issues affecting California water in 2013, including the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, efforts to reform the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), implementation of the 'Cap and Trade' program, and the status of the 2014 water bond.

The event began at 5:30 p.m. with a pre-dinner reception in honor of Jim Blake, former Director of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (representing City of Fullerton). At 6:30 p.m. dinner and the keynote presentation began in the Grand Ballroom. More than 200 Orange County water leaders, including elected officials, private sector representatives, and community groups were in attendance.

 

Water Policy Forum & Dinner: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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On Wednesday, July 25th, the Municipal Water District of Orange County welcomed guest speaker Steve Erie at its quarterly Water Policy Forum & Dinner event.  Mr. Erie's keynote address, titled "Understanding San Diego's Quest for Water Independence from MWD," highlighted the origins and motivations behind San Diego's unique approach to water independence and their conflict with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). 

A renowned expert in the area of water policy, Erie is the author of Beyond Chinatown and several other acclaimed works, including his most recent book, Paradise Plundered; he is a contributor to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation's report on "The Cost of Water in San Diego;" and he is a Professor and Director of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of California, San Diego.  Steve was recently featured on KPBS's Evening Edition, discussing San Diego's desire to become more independent from MWD.  
During the event, Mr. Erie signed copies of his book, Beyond Chinatown
 

Water Policy Forum & Dinner: Thursday, February 2, 2012
 
 
On Thursday, February 2, the Municipal Water District of Orange County held its first Water Policy Forum & Dinner of 2012. The event took place at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa.

A pre-dinner reception was held in recognition of Directors Ed Royce, Sr. and Irv Pickler. Director Royce recently retired from the MWDOC Board of Directors, and Director Pickler retired from the Orange County Water District Board of Directors.

We were pleased to welcome as our guest speaker, Pat Mulroy, General Manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Ms. Mulroy's presentation, The Colorado River: A Shared Perspective, focused on her unique perspective and demonstrated success in addressing Colorado River water issues, water use efficiency, and water supply management challenges.

 

Water Policy Forum & Dinner: Thursday, October 20, 2011
 
 
On Thursday, October 20, 2011, the Municipal Water District of Orange County held a special '60th Anniversary' Water Policy Forum & Dinner. More than 160 policy makers, business and community leaders, and water industry professionals participated in the event, which was held at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa.
 
The evening started out with a special 60th anniversary celebration for MWDOC. Following the presentation of 60th anniversary resolutions and proclamations, Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach introduced our keynote speaker, Kevin Starr.  We were pleased to welcome Mr. Starr, who is the former California State Librarian and current Professor and Dean of Libraries at the University of Southern California. Mr. Starr's informative presentation focused on the critical role of water in the growth and recovery of California and the milestone achievements in water that have made life in Southern California possible. 
 
 
MWDOC Water Policy Forum & Dinner: Thursday, July 21, 2011
 

 
MWDOC welcomed as our keynote speaker, Dr. Jerry Meral, Deputy Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency. Dr. Meral provided an update on the development of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) - a multi-stakeholder process involving water agencies, environmental and conservation groups, state and federal agencies, and other interests.  The BDCP, when complete, will provide the basis for the issuance of endangered species permits for the operation of the state and federal water projects and a long-term conservation strategy to protect the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
 
Prior to the dinner, a special reception was held to honor Lucy Dunn, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Orange County Business Council, and John R. Hanna, Trustee of the Rancho Santiago Community College District, for their service representing Orange County on the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's Blue Ribbon Committee.
 
 

MWDOC Water Policy Forum & Dinner: Thursday, February 24, 2011

 
 

Water Policy Forum & Dinner: Thursday, November 4, 2010
Litigation in the Delta: The Battle Over California's Water System Continues