Draft Program

California Water Association

Spring Conference

The Citizen Hotel, Sacramento, CA

CWA room rate is $189/night.
Valet parking is available at $25/day.


Room reservations close on May 6. Reserve today at 916-447-2700.
You can also reserve online at
Online Group Code: 1405CAWATE_001

May 19, 20 & 21, 2014

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*Agenda is tentative and subject to change

Monday, May 19, 2014: Committee Meetings
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Water Quality Committee Seminar
11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Safety, Security & Emergency Management Committee
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Regulatory Committee Seminar
3:15 – 5:15 p.m. Small Company Committee Seminar
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. CWA Hosted Reception
Tuesday, May 20, 2014: Mission Possible: Securing California’s Water Future
7:45 – 8:30 a.m. Registration – Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome
Larry Morales – Vice President & General Manager, East Pasadena Water and CWA Program Chair
8:45 – 9:15 a.m. Opening Keynote Address
Honorable Anthony Rendon* (D-South Gate); Chair, Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. How Water Purveyors Are Managing the Drought
Moderator: Larry Morales – East Pasadena Water Co.

Panelists: Rami Kahlon* – CPUC Division of Water and Audits;
Ken Jenkins* – California Water Service Co.;
Robert Shaver* – Alameda County Water District;
Dana Friehauf* – San Diego County Water Authority

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. State Synergy: California Water Action Plan and California Water Plan Update 2013 – Working Together
Kamyar Guivetchi*; Manager – Statewide Integrated Water Management; California Department of Water Resources
11:15 – 12:00 p.m. A Case for Passion in Groundwater
Maurice Hall*, Ph.D., P.E., Director – California Water Program; The Nature Conservancy
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
A New Home for the State’s Drinking Water Program
Felicia Marcus*; Chair, State Water Resources Control Board
1:45 – 2:30 p.m. The Latest on the Chromium 6 Standard
Moderator: Dawn White – Golden State Water Co.

Panelists: Dave Mazzera – California Dept. of Public Health;
Tarrah Henrie* – California Water Service Co.;
Steve Bigley – Coachella Valley Water District;

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Helping Low Income Customers Pay the Water Bill
Moderator: Moderator: Jack Hawks

Panelists: Jesse Cuevas – Legislative Director, Assm. Henry Perea;
Laurel Firestone* – Community Water Center;
Ortensia Lopez* – Exec. Dir., El Concilio of San Mateo County;
Dave Stephenson* – California American Water;
Katrina Jessoe – UC Davis

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Water: Front and Center in the 2014 Legislative Session
Moderator: Meg Catzen Brown

Panelists: Honorable Henry Perea* (D-Fresno);
Kathleen Cole* – Metropolitan Water District;
Jennifer West* – California Municipal Utilities Association;
Wendy Ridderbusch* – ACWA;
Jennifer Capitolo* – Nossaman

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Celebrating Meg Catzen-Brown’s Contributions to CWA and California’s Water Utility Industry
Moderated by: Bill Emmerson

Panelists: “Friends” of Meg

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting


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