Out in the Community
As part of its standard to forge and maintain long-term, positive and proactive relationships with members of the local community and greater water industry and to be transparent about its operations and programs, OCWD board members and staff speak regularly before groups and at events. We participated in the following during March:
- President Cathy Green and Legislative Affairs Liaison Alicia Dunkin met with Assemblymember Ling Ling Chang (Assembly District 55) regarding Proposition 1 funding for OCWD priority projects.
- Assistant General Manager Mike Wehner and Research Director Megan Plumlee met with Beate Wright (Executive Director, DC Office) and John Albert (Subscriber Services Manager) of the Water Research Foundation (WaterRF) to discuss OCWD’s research activities and how WaterRF can provide support.
- Chief Hydrogeologist Roy Herndon participated in an advisory panel meeting with the Department of Water Resources to provide comments on the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan regulations that are out for public comment.
- Recharge Planning Manager Adam Hutchinson gave a presentation to the California Council of Land Trusts and to the California Water Environment Association about OCWD’s recharge operations.
- Principal Engineer Sandy Scott-Roberts participated in a webinar hosted by the National Association of Environmental Professionals and gave a presentation on the implementation, construction and operation of the Groundwater Replenishment System.
- Staff participated in a meeting of the Southern California Water Committee Stormwater Task Force—reviewing legislation proposed by OCWD regarding water conservation at Prado Dam. The members of the Task Force have interests in improved use of dams for water conservation/stormwater capture.
- Staff participated in the American Society of Civil Engineers Pacific Southwest Conference located at CSU Long Beach. The Conference brings together more than 1,200 civil engineering students from the southwest region of the U.S. to compete in events such as steel bridge, concrete canoe, surveying, environmental, and technical paper.