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 January:

•  Board President Cathy Green moderated the “Water Desalination Technologies and Financing” panel at the 2016 VERDEXCHANGE Conference.

•   Director Jan Flory and Executive Director of Engineering & Water Resources John Kennedy presented a briefing about OCWD, water supplies and the GWRS to the Fullerton Sunrise Rotary Club. Shown at right are John Kennedy (center) with Jan Flory and Fullerton Sunrise Rotary President Scott Rudisil.

•  Cathy Green, General Manager Mike Markus and Executive Director of Planning & Natural Resources Greg Woodside attended a meeting at Prado Dam with stakeholders from the Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Flood Control Districts and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to brief Major General Jackson of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Congressman Ken Calvert about the various projects and initiatives involved at Prado Dam, which include water conservation. Also attending were Brigadier General Toy and Colonel Gibbs.

•  Director Philip Anthony and Principal Hydrogeologist Dave Mark provided a presentation about the Alamitos Barrier Improvement Project to Leisure World Seal Beach residents and other stakeholders.

•  Mike Markus met with Senator Dianne Feinstein and a small group of general managers to provide input on federal drought legislation.

•  Assistant General Manager Mike Wehner participated in a meeting of the Advisory Committee appointed by the California State Water Resources Control Board to advise the Division of Drinking Water and the state’s Expert Panel on the feasibility of developing regulations for Direct Potable Reuse (DPR).

•  Principal Communications Specialist Gina Ayala was a featured presenter in the WateReuse Association’s webinar titled “Potable Reuse Communications: A Specialty Workshop for Agencies and Public Information Professionals.” She presented about OCWD’s visitor’s center and tour program.

•  Mike Wehner participated in a National Water Research Institute technical advisory panel meeting for the city of Santa Barbara. The city is evaluating potable reuse alternatives including groundwater injection, surface water augmentation and direct potable reuse possibilities.

•  Director of Water Production Mehul Patel served as a conference organizer, session moderator, and gave a presentation on the GWRS at the AWWA International Symposium on Potable Reuse.

•  Community Outreach & Education Coordinator Becky Mudd attended the UCI Community & Public Service Fair to promote the 20th Annual Children’s Water Education Festival and recruit volunteers.

•  OCWD staff continued coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding final approval of the Prado Dam Water Control Manual Deviation. This deviation will cover the remainder of the flood season (through March 10).

•  Mike Markus, Jennifer West (Managing Director of WateReuse California), and Grant Davis (General Manager of Sonoma County Water Agency) met with State Water Resource Control Board member Steven Moore to discuss the finalization of the regulations for reservoir augmentation and the direct potable reuse framework along with the proposed changes to the emergency drought regulations.

•  Chief Hydrogeologist Roy Herndon participated in UCI’s Environmental Engineering Seminar Series. He spoke about hydrogeologic considerations in managing the Orange County Groundwater Basin.

•  Dave Mark provided a presentation about OCWD’s Alamitos Barrier Improvement Project at the Island Village HOA meeting. To learn more about the project, please visit http://bit.ly/1P3rZen.

•  Roy Herndon participated in an advisory panel meeting to assist the state Department of Water Resources in developing regulations to implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.