2019 was a big year in California water, gaining momentum toward a resilient and reliable water supply even as we continue to face a range of water challenges from aging and vulnerable infrastructure to groundwater depletion to climate change. SCWC consistently has worked side-by-side with state and regional leaders to take steps this year to address our issues through cooperation, vision and innovative thinking.
The report offers a look back at the Southern California Water Coalition’s accomplishments and activities during calendar year 2019. Among the highlights: our continued support of a Delta Conveyance project as the cornerstone of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Water Resilience Portfolio initiative, building on local and regional supply projects that contribute to a diverse and interconnected water supply. Other highlights included publication of our white paper on stormwater capture
held on Sept. 27, 2019 at Los Angeles County Public Works. 200+ experts and practitioners attended the one-day workshop at Los Angeles County Public Works. Speakers included L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and Mark Pestrella of L.A. County Public Works.
Another highlight was the 35th annual SCWC meeting and dinner took place on October 24th at the Long Beach Hilton. The region’s most impactful California water leaders gathered to network and exchange ideas and celebrate a year of accomplishments. SCWC Executive Director Charley Wilson led the crowd in congratulating our Harriett M. Wieder Award honorees Richard Atwater and Fiona Hutton, two deeply respected leaders and tireless champions of regional solutions for water supply resiliency. The keynote speech by Mary Creasman, CEO of the California League of Conservation Voters, explored the importance of collaboration toward water resilience in the face of climate change.
SCWC held three quarterly luncheons in 2019, each a thriving hub for engagement offering expert analysis and commentary on the state’s evolving water challenges. These events offer perspectives on everything water from local projects to national water policy, with the added bonus of exceptional networking opportunities for attendees.
To download the Southern California Water Coalition Annual Report for 2019, click here.