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 virtual events:  

  • Directors Vicente Sarmiento, Cathy Green and Dina Nguyen; General Manager Mike Markus; and OCWD staff met virtually with Congressman Alan Lowenthal to discuss District updates and federal priorities. 
  • Directors Vicente Sarmiento, Jordan Brandman, Denis Bilodeau, and Dina Nguyen, along with General Manager Mike Markus and Executive Director of Water Quality and Technical Resources Jason Dadakis, met with Congressman Lou Correa to provide a federal update on District projects and programs.

  • Executive Director of Engineering and Water Resources John Kennedy and Recharge Planning Manager Adam Hutchinson presented an overview of OCWD history and groundwater management tools to a stakeholder group involved in preparing a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the Oxnard Subbasin and Pleasant Valley Basin. 

  • Executive Director of Operations Mehul Patel participated as a panelist during a California Water Environment Association-hosted discussion of the documentary Brave Blue World, which featured the Groundwater Replenishment System.

  • Dr. Megan Plumlee, director of research, spoke on a panel about the future of ReNUWIt at the virtual ReNUWIt Fall Industrial Advisory Board Meeting (ReNUWIt is a National Science Foundation funded multi-university research center for “ReInventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure”).

  • Megan Plumlee and Research Scientist Christine Pham co-authored a presentation titled “Quantifying clogging layer severity with infiltration rates measured with distributed temperature sensing,” which was presented at the Virtual Biennial Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge.

  • Scientist/Process Specialist Han Gu co-presented with Carollo at the virtual Water Environment Federations Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference on his United States Bureau of Reclamation-funded work on closed circuit reverse and forward osmosis. The presentation was titled “Need More Water? Get it From the Brine.”

  • Public Affairs Director Gina Ayala was a panelist during ACWA's webinar "Room to Grow: Taking Customer Outreach Online." She spoke about OCWD's virtual tours, webinars, education programs, and outreach.

  • Adam Hutchinson was a panelist at the 47th International Association of Hydrologists Congress hosted virtually in Brazil. Adam presented on how OCWD has been able to use managed aquifer recharge to increase the groundwater basin yield.

  • Adam also presented, on the use of Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations at Prado Dam to increase recharge, at the Southwest Extreme Precipitation Symposium that was held as part of the 17th Biennial Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge (BSMAR 17).

  • In addition, Adam led a virtual workshop at the BSMAR 17 titled "State of the Art Techniques in Identifying and Characterizing Optimum Surface Spreading Groundwater Recharge Projects." He was joined by Senior Communications Specialist Crystal Nettles for the BSMAR 17 ice breaker session, where she spoke about OCWD. The District was an event sponsor.

  • Engineering staff presented about the Mid-Basin Injection Centennial Park project to the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers from California State University, Long Beach.