Local water providers were featured during two sessions during ACWA’s virtual conference July 29-30.
Adapting to Flood, Fire and Drought: A Case Study of the American River Basin explored the experience of the American River region in evaluating climate impacts on their watershed in a new cutting-edge study and the comprehensive suite of projects designed to address increasing threats from more frequent and intense floods, fires, and droughts. RWA Executive Director Jim Peifer moderated the panel, which featured Gary Bardini of the Sacramento Area Flood Control District, Eli Ilano of the U.S. Forest Service, Tony Firenzi of Placer County Water Agency, and Tom Gohring of the Water Forum.
Chris Austin of Maven’s Notebook covered the presentation and has posted an excellent summary. You can access it here.
Choosing Our Delta Destiny explored the opportunities presented by the Voluntary Agreements in protecting fish and wildlife in the Delta and its key tributary watersheds while ensuring water reliability, as well as what’s at stake if parties are not able to move past old water binaries. Moderated by PCWA General Manager Andy Fecko, the panel included Ernest Conant of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Richard Roos-Collins of the Water and Power Law Group, Maurice Hall of the Environmental Defense Fund, and David Guy of the Northern California Water Association.