This year’s agenda is still in development. You can view the agenda for last year at these links: Day 1 and Day 2.



Keynote by Wade Crowfoot, California Secretary for Natural Resources

The Internet of Water

The Aspen Institute whitepaper called attention to the current challenges in answering simple questions about water:

  • How much is used?

  • Where is it used?

  • Who used it?

This panel will discuss the progress that has been made across the State.

Moderator: Mike Myatt (Program Officer, Water Foundation)


  • Debbie Franco (Community and Rural Affairs Advisor and Local Drought Liaison, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research)

  • Mike Kiparsky (Director, Wheeler Water Institute, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley School of Law)

  • Frank Loge (Director of the Center for Water-Energy Efficiency at UC Davis)

  • Chris Tull (Project Manager, California Data Collaborative)

Data Enabled Finance Innovations

Modern data technology can enable transformative new models for financing to address California's water challenges. This panel will survey examples of data enabling new finance models, with a focus on performance bonds, pay for performance contracts, and credit systems as applied to stormwater resiliency, groundwater balance, and Disadvantaged Community remediation.

Moderator: ???


  • Zach Knight (Co-Founder, Blue Forest Conservation)

  • Monica Reid (Principal Consultant, Kestrel)

  • Ben Kerr (Founder, Foundry Spatial)

Lighting Talks

Short presentations from experts on a variety of topics. Quick turnaround and rapid delivery will keep you on your toes and eager to follow up with the speakers after the session.

Moderator: Chris Tull (Project Manager, California Data Collaborative)


  • J Bolorin (???, Stanford)

  • B Pratt (???, USDA ERS)

  • Gary Conley (Chief Scientist, 2NDNATURE)

  • Maura Allaire (Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, UC Irvine)

  • Khalil Lezzaik (Research Engineer/Hydrogeologist, Sacramento State)

  • Sadie Gill + Rod Wittler (???, FlowWest & ???, USBR)

  • Stephen Burke (Water Resources Engineer, State Water Resources Control Board)

  • ??? (???, Delta Stewardship Council)

Using Data to Innovate and Iterate in Water Efficiency

Data are needed to inform decision-making throughout the life-cycle of a water efficiency program. This panel will explore how data help water managers determine whether to explore innovative financing options, forecast consumption and project programmatic funding, use data-mining to develop strategic plans and iterative program planning tools, and utilize advanced analytics to evaluate program and customer performance in real time.

Data for Groundwater Sustainability

As basins around the state race to implement groundwater sustainability plans, our panelists will discuss how modeling and forecasting powered by open data can realize new opportunities for groundwater managers.

Moderator: ???


  • Rich Pauloo (PhD Candidate in Hydrogeology, UC Davis)

  • Reetik Sahu (Postdoctoral Scholar, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

  • James Workman (Co-Founder, Aquashares)

  • Natalie Stork (Engineering Geologist, State Water Resources Control Board)

Isle Panel (Tentative and May Change Based on Input from Chris and UC Davis Contact)

Data Security: How Tech Companies and Water Utilities are Protecting Sensitive Information

With growing concerns about data vulnerabilities associated with cloud-based platforms and wireless data transfers, experts will discuss best practices and opportunities to improve security in the future. This panel discussion will feature a technology company which analyzes metering data, a local water utility and a cyber security expert to share perspectives and experiences around this topic. There will be an effort to engage the audience through interactive discussion and Q&A. 

Moderator: Nicole Kaiser, Isle Utilities


  • David Wegman (CTO, Valor Water)

  • Clifford Chan (Director of Operations and Maintenance, EBMUD)

  • Cyber Security Expert (???, TBD)


Bridging Water Technology & Talent

Innovation is fundamentally driven by people. The best technology in the world is useless without the people to put it to use. Come listen to a panel of experts from state and local governments talk about efforts to build a culture of data literacy and technological collaboration.

Moderator: Joone Lopez, General Manager, Moulton Niguel Water District


  • Vyki Englert (Software Developer, Compiler LA)

  • Greg Gearheart (Deputy Director of Information & Analysis, State Water Resources Control Board)

Driving Customer Engagement and WUE Program Performance with Market Data

Data-driven market research is key to optimizing customer engagement and water efficiency program performance. Attend this session to hear from our panel of water managers, communications professionals, and academic researchers, about their efforts to mine complex housing market data, understand water-efficient device purchasing drivers, administer wide-scale customer behavior and preference surveys, and implement comprehensive customer engagement campaigns driven by market research.

Moderator: Tia Lebherz (???)


  • Katie Evans (Director of Communications and Conservation, Coachella Valley Water District)

  • Clay Kraus (Director of Market Development, Rachio)

  • Maureen Erbeznik + Shelton Insights? (???)

  • Kim Quesnel (PhD Candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University)

An Introduction to APIs and Data Integration

APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) are  software "smart valves" on data, allowing secure data sharing, and new capabilities for integrating water data. This panel offers a non-techie intro to how to think about and plan for new data integration opportunities in compliance, utility operations, basin balance management, and other areas, with a special focus on Open Water Information Architecture integration integration.

Moderator: ???


  • Devin Hampton (VP Corporate Development, Utility API)

  • Mark Tompkins (Co-Founded, FlowWest)

  • Gary Darling (Operations Research Specialist, California Department of Water Resources)

CA Public Technology


Moderator: ???

Panal: ???

Demystifying AI: Real-World Applications of Cutting-Edge Algorithms

What is ‘Artificial Intelligence’? How can AI help the day-to-day operations of water agencies? This session will begin with a user-friendly introduction to AI: what it actually is, what makes it different, how it learns, and how it can scale in today’s big-data world. Panelists in this session will discuss practical applications of AI in the water industry including automated contract management and document review, database development, streamlined reporting, and increased data accessibility.


  • Alvarado Smith (???, ???)

Data Consortium (New Non-profit AB1755) Each of the agencies

Water Data: You Can Manage What You Measure

 Informed decision-making requires data. Panelists in this session will discuss novel approaches to measuring and forecasting micro-level water usage to create actionable information for all types of water-use decision makers from agencies to individual households.  Topics include urban and agricultural water demands, machine learning, anomaly detection, remote sensing/metering, water loss, water-use benchmarking, and affordability.


  • Lauren Steely (Associate Resource Specialist, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California)

  • John Cruz (Manager of Financial Planning, Moulton Niguel Water District)

  • ??? TBD: GPCD Whitepaper

  • Eric Adler (CEO, Flume)

  • Krinstian Donelly (???, Public Advocates Office)

  • Stephan Burke (Water Resources Engineer, State Water Resources Control Board)