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Watch Stormwater Matters Webinar Video On Demand

August 7, 2020

Our August 6 webinar on “Stormwater Matters” is now available for viewing! This fifth installment of our What Matters webinar series featured an expert panel to discuss the latest in innovative stormwater capture and treatment projects. Stormwater capture is gaining traction as key to California’s future water supplies. 


From L.A. County’s Safe Clean Water Program to the Mayor of Los Angeles’ pledge of 100% wastewater reuse by 2035 to MWD’s announcement of a $5 million for stormwater capture projects to the actions outlined in the California Governor’s Water Resilience Portfolio, all eyes in the water world are on how counties, cities and agencies are making stormwater capture projects work in urban areas with constrained resources.

More than 300 attendees heard from leaders of key agencies already working together to collaborate and bring innovative new projects to life, all while balancing cost-effectiveness with design that brings multiple benefits. Our expert panel featured:

  • Robert Ferrante, General Manager, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (view slides as PDF)
  • David Pedersen, General Manager, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (view slides as PDF)
  • Mark Pestrella, Director, Los Angeles County Public Works (view slides as PDF)
  • Enrique Zaldivar, Director and General Manager, Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment (view slides as PDF)

Interested in more resources? Check out the white paper mentioned by David Pedersen in his talk:

You may also want to check out these files from the webinar:

We got terrific feedback from our participants as well. Here’s a sample:

“SCWC consistently provides relevant and timely forums. The experts on the panel provide insight and on-the-ground examples that can be adapted to future projects and existing programs.” Darcy Kuenzi, Government Affairs Officer, Riverside County Flood Control & Water Conservation District


“Keeping up to speed on the fast pace of regional water quality and supply issues can be difficult. Here is your shortcut!. The Southern California Water Coalition’s What Matters webinars convey a lot of pertinent information in a short amount of time. I will encourage my friends and colleagues in the water world to tune in!” Drew Ready, Senior Program Manager, Council for Watershed Health

The webinar was the fifth in SCWC’s new “What Matters” webinar series, designed to provide online exchanges of best practices as water and power utilities, nonprofits, businesses and others grapple with changes to the way we live, work and deliver services.
Stormwater Matters Webinar Sponsor
  • Jacobs
  • Las Virgenes Municipal Water District
  • Carollo Enginers
  • Cordoba Corporation
  • HDR 
Founding Sponsors
  • County of San Bernardino
  • Inland Empire Utilities Agency
  • Irvine Ranch Water District
  • Los Angeles County Public Works
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District
  • West Basin Municipal Water District

The What Matters webinars are an example of how SCWC pursues its responsibility to be the knowledgeable voice for Southern California on water issues. Looking beyond the coronavirus health emergency, the SCWC looks forward to in-person events as well as online events to further discussions to solve the state’s water problems. 

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