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May 16 @ 8:00 am - May 17 @ 5:00 pm

The California Water Association is hosting its 2024 Spring Policy Symposium themed “WATER: THE HERO WE NEED” at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento, California, on May 16-17, 2024.



Event Registration Rates:
Class A Member Companies: $700
Class B Member Company: $400
C & D Member Companies: $200
Industry Affiliates: $700
Government/NGO Partners: $200
Non-Members: $700

You must register by May 16,2024.
Please have your method of payment ready when you register.




Hotel Information:
Kimpton Sawyer Hotel
500 J Street
Sacramento California 95814


You may also contact the hotel directly at: 1-877-678-6255 and let them know of the discount for  “CA Water 2024” room rate.

Discount Rate: Single/Double Room $250.00 (taxes and additional fees not included)
Deadline to Book Hotel: April 24, 2024


Thursday, May 16, 2024
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast for Attendees
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM Welcome
8:45 AM – 9:15 AM Hydro Hero, Fiona Ma, State Treasurer
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM Hydro Hero, Karla Nemeth, Director, Department of Water Resources
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM Hydro Hero, Christina Hetch, Division of ANR, University of California Nutrition Policy Institute
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Rapid Rescue: Water and Wildfire Safety 
Moderator: Daryl Osby, Vice President, Emergency Preparedness, Safety & Security, California Water Service
Phil Saksa, Co-founder & Chief Scientist, Blue Forest 
Erika Baker, Emergency Management Specialist, California Office of Emergency Services 
John Tang, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs & Government Relations, San Jose Water 
Matthew Samson, Marin Water Board VP & Deputy Fire Chief, South San Francisco Fire Department
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Networking Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM The Quest for Water Conservation 
Moderator: Ken Jenkins, Chief Water Resource Sustainability Officer, California Water Service
Amy Talbot, Water Efficiency Project Manager, Regional Water Authority 
David Mitchell, Adjunct Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
Ellen Hanak, Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
Joaquin Esquivel, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM Hydro Hero, Buzz Thompson, Water in the West, Business of Water
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Networking Break
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Splashdown Saga: 2024 Water Legislation 
Moderator: Evan Jacobs, Director, Communications & External Affairs, California American Water
Adam Quinonez, Director, State Relations, Association of California Water Agencies
Danielle Blacet, Deputy Executive Director, California Municipal Utilities Association
Ryan Ojakian, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Program Manager, Regional Water Authority 
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Hydro Hero, Yana Garcia, Secretary, CA Environmental Protection Agency
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Conference Reception – Sacramento Museum of Science and Curiosity 
Friday, May 17, 2024
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Water Quality Committee Seminar (Members only)
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Small Company Regulatory Seminar (Members and CPUC Staff only)
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Utilities Supplier Diversity Program Seminar (Members only) 
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Large Company Regulatory Seminar (Members and CPUC Staff only)
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM CWA Board of Directors Meeting (Members only)



Thank you to all our Symposium Sponsors:

Sponsorship opportunities are available. If your company is interested in any CWA event sponsorship, please contact us at


May 16 @ 8:00 am
May 17 @ 5:00 pm


Kimpton: Sawyer Hotel
500 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
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