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The California Water Stewardship Leaders’ Summit

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Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

1230 J Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

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Join us for a two-day event, including a Monday morning dialogue featuring the perspectives of leading executives, two in-depth workshops exploring water stewardship in California, and a Tuesday afternoon luncheon and field trip.

Please use the registration window to confirm your attendance at one or more of the four sessions listed below.

Please join the CEO Water Mandate and the California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC) for a two-day working conference to develop a collective vision for water stewardship in California, explore opportunities for transformative change, and plan collective actions that advance the goals of the California Water Action Plan.

Monday morning, November 14, 2016

Executive Dialogue: Creating a Shared Vision and Elevating Ambition for a Sustainable Water Future

Attend this opening session to hear leading executives from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in a candid and focused conversation to define a shared vision of what’s possible and to bridge understanding about the actions that will accelerate progress toward a sustainable water future in California. The facilitated discussion will also provide a forum to identify transformative pathways for meaningful business action to support the State’s water policy goals. Discussion topics include:

  • How could collective action transform water management as we know it in agricultural, industrial, and urban water systems?
  • What are the unique contributions that the public, private, and nonprofit sectors can make to overcome structural obstacles and solve systemic water problems?
  • Meaningful, measurable water stewardship initiatives: what should our collective ambition include?

8:15 AM Arrival and registration, breakfast available

8:45 AM Program begins

12:15 PM Lunch

Monday afternoon, November 14, 2016

Workshop One: Transformative Pathways From Shared Goals to Systemic Change

Add your voice to the conversation with representatives from CWAC member companies and nonprofits, partner organizations, plus government and community stakeholders. Share insights from experience and deliberate possibilities related to existing and forthcoming partnerships: ambitions, approaches, outcomes, scope, and possibility to scale. Building upon the vision and collective action concepts from the Executive Dialogue, facilitated interactive discussions will explore stakeholders’ shared interests, concerns, ideas, and opportunities related to the following issues:

  • Demand management and regional self-reliance: efficiency and alternative supply options
  • Climate resilience: preparing for dry periods and extreme events
  • Water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH): availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Water quality and pollution prevention
  • Environmental protection and restoration of water-related ecosystems
  • Data, governance, and capacity-building: integrated metrics, data, and finance for water stewardship

1:00 PM Workshop One begins

5:15 PM Adjourn

Tuesday morning, November 15, 2016

Workshop Two: Advancing Multi-Sector Water Stewardship Partnerships

Dive deeper into water stewardship initiatives and project planning:

  • Identify approaches to bring water stewardship concepts to scale
  • Explore projects, proposals, and opportunities to amplify and scale existing and planned water stewardship initiatives
  • Define measures of success for water stewardship, including data availability, key performance indicators, and measurable outcomes for water security in California

8:15 AM Arrival and registration, breakfast available

8:45 AM Workshop Two begins

12:00 PM Adjourn for lunch

Tuesday afternoon, November 15, 2016

Progress Report and Field Trip: Water Stewardship in Action

Join us for a networking lunch, introduction to CWAC and progress report on CWAC projects, reflections on the outcomes of the Leaders' Summit, and an informative field trip to the Nigiri Project at Knaggs Ranch.

The Yolo Bypass is a 60,000 acre (24,000 hectare) floodplain where peak winter flows on the Sacramento River are allowed to flow over a system of weirs to protect the city of Sacramento from severe flooding. Prior to the design and construction of the Sacramento Flood Control Project by the US Army Corps of Engineers in the 1930s, the area would be flooded for most winter months. Today, only five percent of the Central Valley’s original floodplain habitat remains for the region’s salmon populations. The Nigiri Project is a collaborative effort between farmers and researchers to help restore salmon populations by reintroducing them during winter, to floodplains that are farmed with rice during summer. The Nigiri Project seeks to optimize habitat benefits for salmon and water birds, while maintaining farming on the largest floodplain of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

12:00 PM Lunch and introductions

12:45 PM Program begins

2:15 PM Field trip

4:30 PM Happy Hour (no host)

Together we can solve even the most complex water challenges.

Join us and help make water sustainability a reality in the State of California.


Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

1230 J Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

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