Southern California Water Coalition to Recognize Karla Nemeth with Hon. Harriett Wieder Leadership Award
October 25, 2018

Los Angeles, CA— The Southern California Water Coalition (SCWC) will present its Hon. Harriett Wieder Leadership Award to Karla Nemeth, Director of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), at its Annual Dinner event today.


“We are thrilled to honor Ms. Nemeth for her extraordinary achievements in California water,” said SCWC Executive Director Charles Wilson. “Quite simply, she personifies what it means to be a leader in the water world.”


At the helm of DWR, Ms. Nemeth is the driving force behind the critical policies and innovative solutions shaping our water future. Appointed by Governor Brown earlier this year, Ms. Nemeth has been the point person on California WaterFix, bringing together various stakeholders to take this landmark project into the construction phase after more than a decade of scientific, environmental and academic review. Ms. Nemeth previously worked at the California Natural Resources Agency serving as the Governor’s deputy secretary and senior advisor for water policy. She has contributed decades of dedicated service to California’s water and natural resources sector, mastering the intricacies of our water systems and the science driving our decisions while building bridges with diverse stakeholders throughout the state.


“Ms. Nemeth has influenced our water policies and our water future through her vision and steadfast, collaborative leadership more than we will ever know — and California is undoubtedly stronger and better for it,” Wilson said.


Each year, SCWC selects an individual or organization that has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to advancing California’s water supply issues. Ms. Nemeth joins a renowned group of water leaders who have been honored with this award.


“I’m deeply honored to receive this recognition from the Southern California Water Coalition,” Ms. Nemeth said. “SCWC is the region’s preeminent voice on the key water issues that are defining our state today and shaping our future. The organization’s continued support of critically needed infrastructure projects, like WaterFix, along with its ongoing education on topics ranging from water quality to climate change is making a meaningful impact at the regional and state level.”


The SCWC Annual Dinner is the region’s premiere networking event for water, business, agriculture, local government, labor and environmental leaders. The event will be held today at the Long Beach Hilton, featuring keynote speaker Mr. John Myers, Sacramento Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times.


For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the SCWC’s event website.



Established in 1984, the Southern California Water Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public education partnership dedicated to informing Southern Californians about our water needs and our state’s water resources. Spanning Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino, Imperial, Riverside, Ventura and Kern counties, the SCWC’s members include representatives from business, government, agriculture, water agencies, labor and the general public. Visit us at and find us on Facebook.