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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, CA Department of Water Resources 
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM Hydro Hero, Christina Hetch, University of California, Extension
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM – 11:30 PM Rapid Rescue: Water and Wildfire Safety 
Moderator: Daryl Osby, California Water Service 
Phil Saksa, Water Foundation
Matthew Samson, Marin Water and S. San Francisco Fire Department
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Hydro Hero, Chris Tull, California Data Collaborative 
12:00 AM – 1:00 PM Networking Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM The Quest for Water Conservation 
Moderator: Ken Jenkins, California Water Service
Amy Talbot, Regional Water Authority 
Ellen Hanak or David Mitchell, Public Policy Institute of California
Joaquin Esquivel, President, State Water Resources Control Board
Heather Cooley, Director of Research, Pacific Institute
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, California American Water 
Adam Quinonez, Association of California Water Agencies
Danielle Blacet, California Municipal Utilities Association
Ryan Ojakian, Regional Water Authority 
Ana Melendez, California Environmental Protection Agency 
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 – 10:00 AM Small Company Regulatory Seminar
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Seminar
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Large Company Regulatory Seminar
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Public Information/Communications Seminar
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM CWA Board of Directors Meeting


Thank you to all our Symposium Sponsors:

Blair, Church and Flynn Lewis and Tibbits Inc Peterson Brustad Inc. (PBI)
Ferguson Waterworks  Murphy Nelson Marketing Sheppard Mullin
Generac Power Systems North Bay Waterworks West Valley Construction
HDR Nossaman LLP

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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