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2013 Symposium Agenda

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Agenda: The Annual Symposium will include a dynamic keynote presentation, interactive panel discussions, "How To…" workshops, and MCLE courses. During each of the three 75-minute sessions, participants will choose from an action-oriented list of panels and workshops. During lunch, PCL and PCLF will honor a few of California's most effective, inspirational, and hardworking environmental advocates.

This conference will ensure decision makers, business leaders, legal professionals, and activists, walk away equipped with the tools needed to make important changes in their community and on a statewide level. Attorneys and planners can also benefit with Continuing Legal Education and Certification Maintenance credit respectively for our several of our sessions.

2014 Symposium Agenda PDF (500K PDF file)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

8:15 - 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast (King Hall)
9:00 - 9:05 Welcoming Remarks (Room 1001, 1002)
9:05 - 10:15

A New Vision for Water (Room 1001, 1002)

  • Bruce Reznik, PCL
  • Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute
  • Jacob Katz, CalTrout
  • Tim Quinn, Assoc. of CA Water Agencies
10:15 - 11:30

What to Expect Next Legislative Session: The Water Bond and Beyond (Room 1001, 1002)

  • Senator Lois Wolk
  • Assemblymember Anthony Rendon
  • Dave Metz, Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates
11:30 - 1:30 Awards Luncheon/Keynote Address (Conference Center)
  • Awards Presentation
    • Assemblymembers Mark Stone & Toni Atkins
    • California America Water Co.
    • Former Assemblymember Mike Eng
1:30 - 2:45

Breakout Session One (Concurrent Breakouts)

  • Water, CEQA and the Public Trust Doctrine: Empty Promises, or Enforceable?
    • Moderator – Tony Rossmann
    • Colorado River QSA - Michael Rood, Imperial County Counsel
    • Oroville Dam Relicensing – Roger Moore, Outside Counsel, Butte County
    • Public Trust Doctrine - Rod Walston, Best, Best & Krieger
  • Protecting our Coast; What's Next
    • Moderator – Assemblymember Mark Stone
    • Plastics pollution & MPAs - Leila Monroe, NRDC
    • Protecting the Coastal Act – Meg Caldwell, Stanford Law School
    • Public access – Marce Gutierrez, Azul Project
  • Water for All: Exploring the past, present and future for Human Right to Water efforts
    • Moderator – Former Assembymember Mike Eng
    • Case Study: Human Right to Water – Laurel Firestone, Community Water Center
    • Development of Regulations – Tam Doduc, SWRCB
    • Next Steps for Human Right to Water – Colin Bailey, EJCW
  • How to…Fund Water Campaigns
    • Moderator - David Beckman, Pisces Foundation
    • Lester Snow, California Water Foundation
    • Tim Little, Rose Foundation
2:45 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 4:15

Session Two (Concurrent Breakouts)

  • How to make smart use of stormwater to help solve CA's water problems
    • Moderator – Dennis O'Connor, CA State Senate
    • Esther Feldman, Community Conservation Solutions
    • Alf Brandt, CA State Assembly
    • Leslie Friedman-Johnson*, CSG/CWF
  • Water pricing
    • Moderator – Dr. Juliet Christian-Smith, Union of Concerned Scientists
    • Case Studies – Lorraine White*, GEI Consultants
    • Decoupling and other strategies - Diana Brooks, CA Department of Water Resources
    • Pricing & equity issue – Carolina Balazs*, Community Water Center
  • Do Water and Energy Mix?
    • Moderator - Debbie Davis, Office of Planning and Research
    • Overview - Bob Wilkinson, UC Santa Barbara (Bren School)
    • Fracking and water –Deborah Sivas, Stanford Law School
    • Water and Solar – Daniel Kim, Westlands Solar Park
  • Dams: Take 'em Down or Build 'em Up?
    • Moderator – Abigail Okrent, PCL
    • San Clemente Dam case study – Robert MacLean, California American Water
    • Next steps on the Klamath– Craig Tucker, Karuk Tribe
    • Los Vaqueros reservoir s – Fran Garland, Contra Costa Water District
4:15 - 4:30 Break
4:30 - 5:30

Plenary Session – What's Next for the Delta (Room 1001, 1002)

  • Moderator – Martha Davis, Inland Empire Utilities Agency
  • BDCP - Natural Resources Agency
  • Near-term Delta Projects - Jonas Minton, PCL
  • Portfolio alternative –Doug Obegi, NRDC
  • Elected perspective – Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli
5:30 - 6:30 Wine and cheese reception

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