What’s Behind the Magic? Find Out at the 11th Annual OC Water Summit.
Registration is underway for the 11th Annual OC Water Summit that takes place June 1 at Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Popular NBC4 Weathercaster Fritz Coleman returns as master of ceremonies.
Last year, California’s historic drought was washed away by remarkable storms only to have the climate pendulum swing right back. While water professionals in Southern California worked their magic to store as much water as possible, water systems in other parts of the state are still struggling.
This year’s theme “Water, What’s Behind the Magic,” seeks to answer how we will deal with the annual uncertainty of water; how to ensure that supplies are ample, even when the forecast is daunting; who will come to the aid of those in need of safe drinking water; and where will the money come from to fund it.
Prominent authors, world-renowned experts, and distinguished speakers will deliver presentations and discuss these topics. Among them are the following:
- Brenda Burman, commissioner, U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), is a speaker during the session “Magic Be Dammed!—Bringing Water & Power to the West.” The USBR is the largest wholesale provider of water in the country, the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States, and it has constructed more than 600 dams and reservoirs.
- Marc Marcantonio is general manager, Yorba Linda Water District, and speaker during “The Illusion of Conservation—The Unintended Consequences of Water Use Mandates.” He will discuss new water quality issues and how and why water systems are stressed due to small deliveries as we conserve.
- Robert K. Hartman, hydrologist and consultant, is a speaker for session “Looking into the Crystal Ball—Forecasting Future Water Supplies.” With more than 35 years of water supply forecasting experience, including a long tenure as hydrologist in charge of the California-Nevada River Forecast Center, an office of the National Weather Service, Hartman will speak about weather predictability and its correlation to capturing more stormwater.
Those who register through May 17 will enjoy a lower price of $130 that includes entry, a continental breakfast, lunch, self-parking, and summit materials. Prices go up to $150 beginning May 18, 2018.