Out in the Community

Water Briefing LogoAs 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. In fiscal year 2015-2016, nearly 400 presentations were given. We participated in the following during June:

•     Executive Director of Planning and Natural Resources Greg Woodside gave a presentation to the Newport Bay Watershed Executive Committee on Proposition 1 grant opportunities and on-going discussions with stakeholders regarding refining Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority’s One Water One Watershed program for Integrated Regional Water Management.

•     Laboratory Director Lee Yoo gave a technical presentation titled “Analytical Challenges to Monitor p-Chlorobenzene Sulfonic Acid (p-CBSA), Methadone, and PFOA/PFOS from Water Reuse Facility” to the Southern California Environmental LC/MS/MS Discussion Group. Attendees were able to discuss their current/future analytical challenges with LC/MS/MS experts.

•     Director of Regulatory Affairs Jason Dadakis testified before the Senate Environmental Quality Committee in support of AB 2022 (Gordon). In a 7-0 vote, the bill was passed and will now go to the Assembly floor. If passed, the bill will allow water agencies to bottle potable reused water and distribute small amounts free for educational purposes.

•     Chief Hydrogeologist Roy Herndon presented a talk on “Setting Pumping Targets Based on Recharge and Basin Conditions” at a Groundwater Resources Association conference in Sacramento.

•     Recharge Planning Manager Adam Hutchinson co-led a workshop on Design/Construction/Maintenance of Surface Water Recharge Facilities, moderated a session on Integrated Water Management Strategies, hosted the Herman Bouwer Awards luncheon, and presented a paper on the OCWD’s Riverbed Filtration Sediment Removal Project at the 9th International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge (ISMAR9) in Mexico City.

•     Senior Communications Specialist Diane Pinnick and Communications Specialist Crystal Nettles participated as panel judges for OC Coastkeepers’ Watershed Heroes Actions Linking Education to Stewardship (WHALES) program. They judged high school students’ final presentations that applied the concepts they learned in the WHALES program to the complexities of a current issue.

•     Recharge Planning Manager Adam Hutchinson shared how OCWD makes decisions and the metrics used to make decisions related to groundwater basin management at a workshop hosted by Stanford University’s Water in the West on Decision Making in the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act context.