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Water in a Changing Climate Kathy Freas, CH2M HILL Global Services Water in a Changing Climate

U.S. Water Alliance

PRELIMINARY AGENDA OMNI Los Angeles Los Angeles, California

HERSHEY/CROCKER 12:00 noon-1:30 p.m. BUNKER HILL FOYER 1:00-2:00 p.m. BUNKER HILL & WATERCOURT 2:00-2:45 p.m. Urban Water Sustainability Council Meeting (members only, lunch served)

Registration & Exhibition

Opening Program Dick Champion, Chair, U.S. Water Alliance The Honorable Sally Jewell, Secretary, U.S. Department of Interior (invited)



Progress & Challenges Setting the Stage for 2014 1

3:00-4:30 p.m.

National leaders (past Spotlighted Communities) discuss recent progress and opportunities that serve the triple bottom line environmental, economic, and social goals toward water sustainability. Moderator: Ben Grumbles, President, U.S. Water Alliance Invited Speakers: Nancy Ahern, Deputy Director, Seattle Public Utilities Michael Carlin, Deputy General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Adel Hagekhalil, Assistant Director, City of Los Angeles - Bureau of Sanitation Mami Hara, Chief of Staff, Water Commissioner, City of Philadelphia Jackson Jenkins, Director, Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department Terry Leeds, Director, Kansas City MO Water Services Angela Licata, Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Environmental Protection Matthew J. Millea, Deputy County Executive for Physical Services, Onondaga County James Parrott, Executive Director, Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati Bruce Roll, Watershed Management Director, Clean Water Services, Portland Kellie Rotunno, Director of Engineering & Construction, NEORSD

4:30-5:00 p.m.

Anne Donker, Senior Economic Officer, Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (invited) Networking Reception

NOE TERRACE 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by CH2M Hill



Throughout the day small group strategic discussions, limited to 40 persons per group

BUNKER HILL FOYER 8:00-8:30 a.m. BUNKERHILL & WATERCOURT 8:30-9:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast & Exhibition

Tuesday Facilitator: Kevin Shafer, Chair, Urban Water Sustainability Chair & Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District 2

Larry Schweiger, President & CEO, National Wildlife Federation 9:00-10:00 a.m. Moderator: Katherine Baer, Senior Director, Clean Water and Water Supply, American Rivers Panelists: Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA (invited) Marc Cammarata, Director, Office of Watersheds, City of Philadelphia Mark Gold, Associate Director, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA Andy Lipkis, President, Tree People Mark Pestrella, Assistant Director, Department of Public Works, LA County (NAFSMA representative) Updates to Federal Stormwater Policy: Implications and Benefits Based on local innovation throughout the country and advances in science and technology, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is modernizing its national stormwater regulations. EPA is considering minimum performance standards and other approaches to more effectively and equitably achieving clean water while also providing multiple community benefits. This panel will provide an overview of the policies being considered and then hear from a local watershed group actively engaged in integrated water management, as well as a city official about how policy changes could move stormwater management forward. BUNKER HILL FOYER 10:00-10:30 a.m. 10:30-11:00 a.m. Break & Exhibition

Featured Speaker: Dr. Kathy Freas, Senior Vice President and Global Water Service Team Leader, CH2M Hill Spotlight Community: City of Atlanta Margaret Tanner, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Watershed Management, City of Atlanta & Team The City of Atlanta has made great progress in developing an integrated approach to solving Atlantas stormwater flooding issues and addressing its combined sewer system capacity. Several recent projects demonstrate the Citys commitment to a sustainable green infrastructure approach to stormwater management and demonstrate the benefits of flood mitigation and improved water quality, as well as the social and economic benefits to the surrounding community. Policies and procedures are also changing to better integrate green infrastructure approaches to stormwater management and facilitated creation of an interdepartmental Green Stormwater Infrastructure Task Force.

BUNKERHILL & WATERCOURT 11:00-12:15 noon


Lunch & Networking 3

12:15-1:00 p.m. BUNKER HILL & WATERCOURT 1:00-1:30 p.m. 1:30-3:00 p.m. Featured Speaker: Net Zero: A Force Multiplier The Honorable Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Installations, Energy & Environment (invited) Spotlight: Resource Recovery Moderator: Michele Pla, Senior Program Manager, EPC Consultants, Inc. Team Panel: Matthew Kuzma, VP Wastewater Solutions, Ostara Bennett Horenstein, Manager of Environmental Services, East Bay Municipal Utility District Terry Leeds, Director, Kansas City Water Services Department Patrick OToole, President, Family Farm Alliance David Parry, Senior Vice President, CDM Smith, and a principal investigator for Water Environment Research Foundation BUNKER HILL FOYER 3:00-3:30 p.m. BRADBURY/ROSE ROOM HERSHEY/COCKER ROOM MUSEUM ROOM 3:30-4:30 p.m. BUNKER HILL & WATERCOURT 4:30-5:00 p.m. Networking Break

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Roundtable Discussion Groups

Choose two 30 minute small group conversations, Informational with facilitated discussion. From invisible to invaluable Harriet Festing, Director, Water Program, Center for Neighborhood Technology Water is invisible, yes? the public really dont care. Or perhaps not Faced with rapidly rising water rates, mains bursts, flooded basements, closed beaches, and a lack of transparency over whos fixing the problem and at what cost; perhaps the public do care. To test this notion, the Center for Neighborhood Technology is developing a broad coalition - professional associations, environmental NGOs, consumer groups, business and industry - to promote two campaigns that make the public case for investing in water infrastructure. Critically, instead of seeking to persuade the public of the value of water, their focus is on the need to fix problems. The campaigns The Case for Fixing the Leaks and The Case for Dry Basements argue for the introduction of two pieces of model state legislation in 2014 across the eight Great Lakes states. The legislation would require industry-backed performance standards, plans of action, and public reporting.

BUNKERHILL & WATERCOURT 5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Wrap-up & report back from Strategic Sidebar Conversations

City Hall Rotunda Reception Welcoming remarks from the Honorable Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles (invited)

Sponsored by CDM Smith & Community Conservation Solutions

BUNKER HILL FOYER 8:00-8:30 a.m. BUNKER HILL & WATERCOURT 9:00-9:30 a.m. One-day Registration, Continental Breakfast, & Exhibition

Wednesday Facilitator: Enrique Zaldivar, Director, Los Angeles Sanitation Congressman Tony Cardenas, CA 29th District (invited) Jeff Sterba, President & CEO, American Water Works Company (invited)

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Water & Energy Nexus Moderator: David Goldwater, Vice President, CH2M Hill Panelists: Mary Ann Dickinson, President & CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency Bryan Hannegan, Associate Director, Energy Systems Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Dr. Michael Hightower, Sandia National Laboratories (invited) Mark Martinez, Manager of Demand Response, Southern California Edison Laurene Park, Principal, Water Energy Innovations David Rosenheim, Executive Director, The Climate Registry Meredith Younghein, Water/Energy Policy Analyst, State Water Resource Control Board, CA Public Utilities Commission (invited) Power production and energy are the largest users of water resources. This panel will discuss reuse and water supply for water sustainability.

BUNKER HILL & WATERCOURT 11:30-12:00 noon

Ed Pinero, Executive Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer, Veolia North America Ecosystem Valuation and Water Risk

Whether it is the conversion of carbon dioxide to oxygen, the hydrologic cycle, growing food, or recreation, the ecosystem provides services essential to our existence. However, we tend to take the ecosystem for granted, or at most, become aware when something bad happens. This is unfortunate in that it leads to two basic types of outcomes. First, we operate in a reactive mode, and tend to become cognizant of ecosystem services only when they are either degraded, or become altogether nonexistent. Second, we miss many opportunities to leverage these services to not only protect the environment, but improve our lives as well. Currently, we are experiencing a movement towards more proactive and comprehensive ecosystem services valuation. In other words, not only recognizing the services that nature provides, but also giving them a value, including monetary value, in order to better understand the role that they play. For municipalities, the role of ecosystems in water treatment, water supply protection and filtration, and storm water control are excellent opportunities to leverage this value concept. This presentation will show examples of how ecosystem valuation helped compare the cost of managing an ecological area to the cost of building grey infrastructure. 12:00 noon Wrap-up from the Los Angeles Perspective & preview for Green Bus Tour: Enrique Zaldivar, Director, Bureau of Sanitation, City of Los Angeles Lunch & Networking

NOE TERRACE 12:15-1:00 p.m. GET ON THE BUS! 1:15 p.m.


(schedule will be developed from these projects) Hope and 11th Street Project LID (Downtown LA) South Los Angeles Wetlands Park (South LA) Tillman WRP/Japanese Garden water recycling, energy (Valley) The Sun Valley Park and Rory Shaw Wetlands Park (Valley) Elmer Paseo and Elmer Ave Green Street (Valley) North Atwater Park (Northeast LA) Possible stop at Taylor Yard Ed P. Reyes River Greenway Neighborhood Stormwater Greenway (Northeast LA) Garvanza Rainwater Capture and Use (Northeast LA)

PICNIC BARBECUE 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Echo Lake Park Project Tour & Barbeque

Sponsored by Black & Veatch

L.A. Confidential the real story Inform, Excite, Engage Achieving One Water Success through Integration, Capture, Conservation, and Reuse
BUNKER HILL FOYER 8:00 a.m. BUNKER HILL & WATERCOURT 8:30 a.m. One-day Registration, Continental Breakfast, & Exhibition

Introductions and overview of the day: Dan Rodrigo, Vice President, CDM Smith The LA Water Story - Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow Andy Lipkis, Tree People Jonathan Parfrey, LA County Department of Water & Power

9:00 a.m.

INFORM The State of Things

Moderator: Mark Gold, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA Meeting the multi-faceted regional water resources challenges of today and tomorrow Los Angeles is in need for sustainable water resources that could also help alleviate some of its numerous stormwater quality problems. The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California are undertaking critical and regionally important efforts for water integration, including recycled water, stormwater capture, water conservation, the remediation of groundwater all of which is within the backdrop of the ongoing statewide water resources and ecosystem efforts. Invited Speakers: Adel Hagekhalil, Bureau of Sanitation, City of Los Angeles James McDaniels, LA County Department of Water & Power Jeffrey Kightlinger, Metropolitan Water District Raising the bar on stormwater regulations: TMDLs and the 2012 Los Angeles MS4 Stormwater Permit. In a region faced with impaired receiving waters and numerous TMDLs, the new Los Angeles Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit aggressively promotes a multi-benefit watershed based compliance approach, numerical standards, Low Impact Development, and a host of protective measures. Invited Speakers: 7

Shahram Kharaghani, Bureau of Sanitation, City of Los Angeles Sam Unger, Regional Water Quality Control Board Recycled Water Policy and Climate Change The potential impacts of climate change affect sea levels, storm drain system capacity, flood control, and hydrologic variability. The Los Angeles region is looking to water resources solutions to help both plan for the uncertainties in magnitude and identify options to reduce climate change drivers. Some of these measures are described in the State and Regional Recycled Water Policy. Invited Speakers: Jonathan Parfrey, Climate Resolve, LA County Department of Water & Power Christopher Stone, LA County Department of Water & Power 10:00 a.m.

EXCITE What is possible?

Moderator: Adel Hagekhalil, Bureau of Sanitation, City of Los Angeles Proposition 0 With the help of the voters, the City funded Prop O and other funding sources which has not only helped mitigate stormwater problems through new construction, but also has created new water quality and quantity resources and has contributed to local, economic job growth during difficult economic times. Invited Speakers: Wing Tam, Bureau of Sanitation, City of Los Angeles Mark Gold, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA Changing the Ultra Urban Landscape: Los Angeles River Revitalization The Los Angeles River is an untapped resource of opportunities for an entire revisioning, both with respect to environmental and built environments, but also with respect to project development, including innovative public-private partnerships (and non-profit corporations) which are turning master plans into real projects. Invited Speakers: Omar Brownson, Los Angeles River Corporation DeborahWeintraub, Bureau of Sanitation, City of Los Angeles Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Ballona Wetland Restoration: Restoring natural resources and water quality Within the Los Angeles region, numerous projects have demonstrated the realization of multiple benefits, public amenities, recreational uses, habitat, and improvement of water quality near waters faced with Bacteria TMDL standards. These example projects protect world-famous natural resources for Santa Monica Bay. Project benefits have included regional water harvest-and-use elements, creating diverse coastal habitats (upland, riparian, vernal pools), and create a community gathering and educational location. Invited speaker: Shelly Luce, Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission 8

Ground Water Recharge and Development of Local Water Supplies: the Tujunga Spreading Grounds and Stormwater Capture Feasibility Study These regional efforts highlight the City and local agencies approaches to centralized groundwater recharge and strategic and cost-effective stormwater capture programs. Invited Speakers: David Pettijohn, LA County Department of Water & Power Chris Stone, LA County Fire Department Robb Whittaker, Water Replenishment District of Southern California 11:00 a.m.

ENGAGE Moving leaders to develop solutions

Moderator: Nancy Steele, Council for Watershed Health Planning Partnerships and Working Together for Better Solutions Examples of Environmental NGO Heal the Bay, collaborating with the City of LA and County Public Works in developing a GIS-based BMP Prioritization and Analysis Tool; collaborating and consolidating data for the industry-standard Beach Report Card, regulatory developments, etc. Invited Speaker: Kirsten James, Heal the Bay Community Partnerships Harnessing the Public Energy Engaging community partners building on successes that are not only reflected in awareness, but also in action and the development of innovative ideas and work products that lead a path for broad implementation. Invited Speakers: Melanie Winter, The River Project Miguel A. Luna, GMDL Holdings, Inc. Los Angeless Funding Challenge Where is the Money? In addition to facing the numerous environmental water quality needs, California exacts difficult protocols that hinder the raising of revenue such 218, stormwater fees, etc. Various approaches have been tested with various levels of success. What are the lessons learned? Some successful approaches have linked related elements (e.g., transportation to water resources) to build a coalition that including MS4s, NGOs, water districts, transportation agencies, universities, business communities, developers and regulators). Invited Speakers: Adel Hagekhalil, Bureau of Sanitation, City of Los Angeles Adi Liberman, Liberman & Associates Gary Hidebrandt, LA County Department of Water & Power Kia Mortazavi, Orange County Transportation Authority

BUNKER HILL BALLROOM Luncheon 12:00 noon

Welcome: Enrique Zaldivar, Director, Bureau of Sanitation, City of Los Angeles Congresswoman Janice Hahn, CA. 44th District (invited) 9

Closing Remarks: Dick Champion, Chair, U.S. Water Alliance 2:00-4:00 p.m. Hyperion Environmental Learning Center Tour the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation Environmental Learning Center and get a free ride to the airport before 4 p.m. (or back to the hotel).


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SUPPORTING PARTNERS Alliance for Water Efficiency American Rivers Council for Watershed Health Green For All Heal the Bay Low Impact Development Center, Inc. National Association of Clean Water Agencies The Climate Registry