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2011 State of the Sacramento River Watershed Forum

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Sheraton Grand, Sacramento, CA


Overview: Investing in California’s Future

The future of California is joined at the hip with the Sacramento River. Without that river, we’re toast.
- Dr. Jeff Mount, UC Davis

The Sacramento River is the largest river and watershed system in California. This 27,000-square mile basin carries 31% of the state's total surface water runoff; provides drinking water for residents of northern and southern California, supplies farmers with the lifeblood of California's agricultural industry, constitutes the majority of flows for the Delta, and provides vital habitat for hundreds of fish and wildlife species. It is also the home of more than 2 million Californians. From the mountains, to the valley, from the small towns to the cities, it is the place where we live, work, and play.

Significant investments are made in other critically important watersheds throughout the country (Chesapeake Bay, Florida Everglades, Columbia River Basin, etc.). Even in California, much attention has been given to the Delta, San Joaquin and Klamath rivers, and Lake Tahoe. In contrast, disproportionately little attention is paid to the Sacramento River Watershed.

This Forum shared some of the latest news on the hottest topics affecting the Sacramento River and its watershed and explored opportunities and constraints for developing a coordinated investment strategy for the Sacramento River Watershed.

Keynote Speaker

Lester Snow

California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird.

Forum PowerPoint Presentations available for download

North-of-the-delta Off Stream Storage And The Sacramento River Watershed (Kamyar Guivetchi)

Biology, Policy,and Politics of Fish in California (Peter Moyle)


There are six sponsorship levels:

  • Presenting ($7,500)
  • Watershed Champion ($5,000)
  • Watershed ($2,500)
  • River ($1,000)
  • Creek ($500)
  • Steward ($300)
  • Non-profit Partner ($100)

Presenting Sponsor

MWH Global, Inc.


HDR Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District    


Brown and Caldwell ICF International Larry Walker & Assoc. Northwest Hydraulic Consultants
County of Sacramento      


cbec Central Valley Joint Venture City of Sacramento Downey Brand LLP
ECORP Consulting Parsons Brinckerhoff River Partners Sacramento Suburban Water District
Somach Simmons & Dunn West Consultants West Yost Associates  


California Rice Commission Carollo Engineers Northern California Water Association Regional Water Authority
Stillwater Sciences URS    


Please check back for updates to this agenda!

You can also download a PDF of the agenda here.


Doors Open for Registration, Breakfast, Exhibit Displays, and Networking


Welcome to the Forum

  • SRWP Board of Trustees Chair Dave Eggerton (General Manager El Dorado County Water Agency)
  • SRWP Board Member Tam Doduc (State Water Resources Control Board Member)


Investing in California Watersheds

  • California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird


Biology, Policy, and Politics of Fish in California

  • Peter Moyle, Ph.D., UC Davis


Networking Break


Investing in the Sacramento River Watershed: Agency Priorities

  • Moderator: Chris Elliott, ICF International and SRWP Board Co-Chair
  • Dale Hoffman-Floerke, Deputy Director, California Department of Water Resources
  • Charles Hoppin, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Kristina Mullins, Deputy for Project Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District
  • Brian Person, Northern California Office Area Manager, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation


Luncheon Keynote

  • Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, 9th District

Networking Break


North-of-the-Delta Offstream Storage: What It Means for the Sacramento River Watershed and Delta

  • Kamyar Guivetchi, Manager, California Department of Water Resources, and NODOS Team


Developing and Implementing a Coordinated Investment Program in the Sacramento River Basin

  • Moderator: Randy Kanouse, Special Assistant to the General Manager, East Bay Municipal Utility District
  • Byron Buck, Executive Director, State and Federal Contractors Water Agency
  • Thad Bettner, General Manager, Glenn Colusa Irrigation District
  • Tina Leahy, Water Policy Consultant, Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee
  • Robert Meacher, Supervisor, County of Plumas


Wrap up and next steps

  Networking Reception