Hot Topics at AC17 – One Water


One Water Solutions on California’s Central Coast
April 26th
8:30 am, Primrose B

One Water starts with a mindset that all water has value. As California water leaders, we are setting a precedent for delivering reliable and sustainable water solutions now and for generations to come. We have demonstrated we have the technology and approaches to not lose a drop! Yet, we are just at the beginning of broad-based One Water collaboration statewide.

One Water strategies are being implemented to build more resilient supply portfolios, requiring traditional silos to collapse and regional solutions to be found.  Learn from the experiences of five Central Coast communities and the US Water Alliance, then collaborate with session participants to explore your own regional, sustainable One Water solutions.

This session will require collaboration, creativity, and commitment!   Because of the interactive nature of the this workshop, it is strongly encouraged that participants stay the duration of the session. Participants will get useful insight that supports their efforts in defining One Water solutions for their agency / community, as well as get input that advances their stakeholder alignment, collaboration and One Water project implementation.  This session will provide direct input from those who are paving the way.

“These approaches exemplify the view that all water has value and should be managed in a sustainable, inclusive, integrated way. We call this perspective One Water. And while our focus is water, our goals are thriving local economies, community vitality, and healthy ecosystems.” – Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance (read Radhika’s full One Water column here)

Attendees will participate in role-playing the various stakeholders involved in a community’s discussion about implementing projects with a One Water philosophy.

Facilitated by Jeffery Szytel, CEO, Water Systems Consulting

Panel members:

  • Rebecca Bjork, Director of Public Works, City of Santa Barbara;
  • Mike McCollough, Government Affairs Administrator, Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency
  • Joe McDermott, Interim General Manager, Ventura Water
  • Carrie Mattingly, Director of Utilities, City of San Luis Obispo
  • Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance
  • Benjamin Fine, Director of Public Works and City Engineer, City of Pismo Beach

Attendees will participate in round table discussions and role-play the various stakeholders involved in water resource planning.