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5th Annual State of the Sacramento River Watershed Forum

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Sacramento Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento, CA




Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Networking


Welcome to the Forum
Chris Elliott, SRWP Board Chair and Vice President, ICF International


Morning Keynote
Lee Bass, Acting Deputy for Programs and Project Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District


Sacramento River Headwaters: Managing a Valuable Resource
The headwaters of the Sacramento River are vital for the health and welfare of California. However, there has been minimal attention and state resources dedicated to the protection and restoration of this important resource. This panel highlights this concern and endorses the need for immediate and comprehensive investment in the headwaters of the Sacramento River Watershed. Panelists will discuss California’s dependence on the Sacramento River headwaters, share examples of successful efforts, provide benefits of investing in Sacramento River headwaters and suggest ways to promote their health and resilience.

Moderator: Liz Mansfield, Coordinator, Sierra Water Work Group

Elizabeth Betancourt, Watershed Science and Policy Analyst, Forsgren Associates, Inc.
Phil Detrich, President, The River Exchange
Mark Rentz, President, Integrated Natural Resources Management
Shanti Warlick, Board of Directors, California Indian Water Commission


Networking Break


CVFPP: A Comprehensive New Framework for Systemwide Flood Management and Risk Reduction
The Central Valley Flood Protection Plan was prepared by the California Department of Water Resources and adopted in 2012 by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board. At the time of adoption, the plan was criticized for not adequately engaging perspectives from local stakeholders, including landowners, farmers, and environmental interests. Over the past year, locally driven Regional Flood Management Plans have been launched to provide regional specificity and voice. This panel will explore the efforts of the regional plans in the Sacramento Valley.

Moderator: Richard Reinhardt, Principal, MBK Engineers

Lewis Bair, General Manager, Reclamation District 108, Middle/Upper Sacramento RFMP
Doug Brown, Principal, Douglas Environmental, Lower Sacramento/North Delta RFMP
Megan Foster, Executive Director, Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau
Tom Engler, Project Manager, MBK Engineers
Susan Tatayon, Managing Director, The Nature Conservancy California Water Program


Lunch and Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Update

Jason Peltier, Chief Deputy General Manager, Westlands Water District


Sacramento River Salmon Habitat: Where Do We Go Now?
The Sacramento River and its tributaries once supported a huge population of salmonids. Numerous factors including dam construction, pollution, droughts, floods, overharvest, ocean conditions and predation have resulted in reduced populations. This panel will include an update on fish passage improvements completed on the Sacramento River and engage panelists in a discussion on what are/should be the next priorities to enhance salmonid habitat on the Sacramento River.

Moderator: Dave Vogel, Senior Scientist, Natural Resource Scientists, Inc.

Dick Pool, Deputy Director, Golden Gate Salmon Association
Howard Brown, Fisheries Biologist, Sacramento R. Basin Branch Chief, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Kevin Shaffer, Environmental Program Manager, California Department of Fish and Wildlife


Networking Break


Surface Storage projects in the Sacramento River Watershed
An update on the surface storage investigations occurring in the Sacramento River watershed.

Moderator: Todd Manley, Director of Government Relations, Northern California Water Association

Thaddeus L. Bettner, General Manager, Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District
Michelle Denning, Chief Planning Officer, Bureau of Reclamation
Elizabeth (Izzy) Martin, Chief Executive Officer, The Sierra Fund


Wrap Up and Next Steps


Networking and Drinks at the Sheraton’s Public Market Bar (PMB)


Online Registration is closed.