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Water Policy Forum & Dinner

The Municipal Water District of Orange County’s (MWDOC) Water Policy Forum & Dinners feature high-profile speakers who are at the forefront of current public policy debate and discussion. Water industry experts, political and regulatory officials and other notable figures are asked to present on key water issues and initiatives.

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Water Policy Forum & Dinner September 5, 2019

California has flourished as an economic and agricultural powerhouse thanks to the progressive engineering of a complex maze of waterways that zigzag throughout the state. This intricate network of vital infrastructure carries water to urban areas as well as to farmlands, and nowhere has there been greater agricultural development than within the Westlands Water District service area.

Join us on Thursday, September 5, for a very special Water Policy Forum & Dinner to hear firsthand the water challenges faced in the Central Valley. Our keynote speaker, William Bourdeau, carries the unique perspective of a farmer, Executive Vice President at Harris Farms Inc., Chairman of the Board of the California Water Alliance, and Board Director at Westlands Water District. Join us as Mr. Bourdeau discusses water supply uncertainty through the distinct lenses of both water user and water supplier.

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Reserved tables are available!

Print Invitation

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Water Policy Forum & Dinner February 21, 2019

On Thursday, February 21, 2019 MWDOC held the first Water Policy Forum & Dinner of our 2019 Speaker Series. We began in the North, with renowned Delta expert, Curt Schmutte and Kathy Cole, the longtime State Legislative Representative, for Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Cole and Schmutte discussed the instability of the Delta and what’s at risk if investments are not made.

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Water Policy Forum & Dinner October 11, 2018

On October 11, 2018 MWDOC welcomed Gloria D. Gray, newly elected Chairwoman of the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors. Attendees heard firsthand what she hopes to accomplish as she takes the Chairwoman’s seat at the largest urban water supplier in the nation. As the imported water purveyor for a trillion-dollar Southern California economy and half the state’s population, the decisions made at Metropolitan on pivotal issues like drought response, the California WaterFix, and new local water resources have a tremendous impact on regional reliability and the California way of life.

Karla Nemeth

Water Policy Forum & Dinner April 19, 2018

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, MWDOC welcomed Karla Nemeth, Director of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), as the keynote speaker at the MWDOC Water Policy Forum and Dinner.

Director Nemeth’s timely discussion with elected officials, business and community leaders, as well as water industry professionals throughout Orange County came on the heels of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) Board of Director’s momentous decision to finance the lion’s share of the California WaterFix at the full project level—two tunnels.

The $10.8 billion share MWD committed to the California WaterFix satisfies the urgent statewide need for a reliable water source for 25 million Californians, while also protecting the fragile Delta ecosystem.

Official Invitation

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Water Policy Forum & Dinner August 30, 2017

On Wednesday, August 30, 2017, MWDOC hosted a Water Policy Forum & Dinner featuring keynote speaker Roger K. Patterson, Assistant General Manager/Strategic Water Initiatives for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Mr. Patterson delivered an overview of the California WaterFix project and presented on the strategic importance of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta, which is California’s primary freshwater supply hub and the heart of the State Water Project.

Roger K. Patterson Invitation

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Water Policy Forum & Dinner March 30, 2017

On Thursday, March 30, 2017, MWDOC hosted a Water Policy Forum & Dinner featuring keynote speaker Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Mr. Kightlinger engaged in a thoughtful and insightful discussion about past and present water issues facing Southern California.

Jeffrey Kightlinger Invitation

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Water Policy Forum & Dinner January 22, 2017

On Friday, January 22, 2017, MWDOC hosted a Water Policy Forum & Dinner featuring guest speaker Felicia Marcus, Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). At this event, hundreds of water industry professionals, elected officials and others, gathered to hear Ms. Marcus discuss in depth, the continuation of Governor Brown’s historic Executive Order which has directed the SWRCB to impose mandatory water restrictions statewide.

Felicia Marcus Invitation

 

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Water Policy Forum & Dinner 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.

Felicia Marcus Presentation Download (click here)

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Water Policy Forum & Dinner 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.