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 recently participated in the following:
- OCWD Director Roger Yoh participated in the Well 21 ribbon cutting ceremony in Yorba Linda. He presented a resolution commemorating this milestone and celebrating the special partnership between the city of Yorba Linda and the District.
- Director Bruce Whitaker gave a presentation at the Fullerton Boys & Girls Club about water conservation.
- General Manager Mike Markus and Senior Engineer Lo Tan discussed and presented comments and suggestions to the ranking criteria of projects for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program going forward at the SAWPA Project Agreement 22 Committee meeting.
- Director of Water Quality & Technical Resources Jason Dadakis served on an invited panel at the ACWA Fall Conference and provided a short overview of the Canyon 2 fire, with an emphasis on water agency response, post-fire planning, and debris flow hazard assessment.
- Director of Engineering Chris Olsen presented about the Orange County Water District and construction opportunities to the Business Development Association of Orange County.
- GWRS Project Manager Sandy Scott-Roberts gave a presentation about the GWRS Final Expansion at the UCI Civil and Environmental Engineering Affiliates Fall Quarterly meeting.
- Recharge Planning Manager Adam Hutchinson participated in a panel to address issues with governance in scaling up managed aquifer recharge operations at the Managed Aquifer Recharge Conference hosted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
- Public Affairs staff joined staff of the Orange County Sanitation District and Dick Jones Communications to educate enthusiasts attending Fanfest prior to the big USC vs. UCLA football game about the Groundwater Replenishment System and recycled water. Those coming to the booth had the opportunity to taste GWRS bottled water, receive literature, hear about reused water, and have the ability to ask questions. More than 2,000 people visited the booth.
- Senior Communications Specialist Crystal Nettles participated in the Costa Mesa High School Environmental and Marine Academy’s mock student interviews.