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 November:
- OCWD Directors Cathy Green and Denis Bilodeau, General Manager Mike Markus and Executive Director of Planning & Natural Resources Greg Woodside traveled to Washington, D.C. on a two-day legislative trip and spoke to nearly 20 legislators and staff, team, and committee members, including Congressman Ed Royce. (Read more about legislative efforts in the President’s Message.) Shown in photo left to right: OCWD federal advocate Jim McConnell, Greg Woodside, Cathy Green, Ed Royce, Denis Bilodeau with his daughter Leah, Mike Markus, and OCWD federal advocate Eric Sapirstein.
- Mike Markus participated on a panel at the Virginia Coastal Policy Center’s Annual Conference titled “Sustainable Water Initiatives for Tomorrow.”
- Director of Water Production Mehul Patel gave a presentation regarding the GWRS at the iwater International Integrated Water Cycle Show in Spain.
- Engineer Sandy Scott-Roberts gave a presentation titled “Considerations for the Groundwater Replenishment System Final Expansion Project” at the Orange County Water Association’s monthly meeting.
- Engineer Ben Smith presented at the Western Pacific Regional Conference – Engineers for a Future Sustainable World at Cal State Long Beach.
- Senior Engineer Lo Tan participated in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Information Session held in Los Angeles.
- Recharge Planning Manager Adam Hutchinson participated as a member of a Technical Advisory Committee for the Willow Springs Water Bank in Antelope Valley, Calif. The water bank is exploring the potential for using groundwater banking to generate energy during peak hours.
- Planning staff provided feedback to the Department of Water Resources on a draft web tool for submission of Alternatives to a Groundwater Sustainability Plan.
- Director of Special Projects Bill Hunt hosted the Groundwater Convening of the Los Angeles Environmental Justice Network to discuss the status of groundwater contamination remediation efforts in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
- Greg Woodside gave a presentation on the salinity benefits of the Groundwater Replenishment System at the Southern California Salinity Management Summit in Los Angeles.