California Drought: Impact, Forecast, and Planning

  • 19 Mar 2015
  • 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
  • Atrium Hotel
  • 32


  • IECOC Invited Guest, no charge
  • IECOC Members registering on or after March 17, 2015
  • Guests who are not IECOC members registering on or after March 17, 2015

Registration is closed


Impact, Forecast, & Planning

Topic:   Three main sources of water sustain California – mountain snowpack, water stored in reservoirs and water pumped from underground aquifers. All are connected, and when the Governor declared a drought emergency on January 17, 2014, all three had been depleted by an extended dry period. The Sierra Nevada snowpack stood at 14 percent of normal for the date. The state's two biggest reservoirs held less than 40 percent of their capacity, and aquifer levels from Siskiyou County to San Diego County were in decline. 

Calendar Year 2014 was California's driest year in records dating to the 1800s, and water conditions four months into a new water year (October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015) suggest the state's drought is pushing into its fourth consecutive year. In most years, California receives about half of its precipitation in the months of December, January and February, with much of that precipitation falling as snow in the Sierra Nevada Range, but so far, snowfall has been far below normal.

Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Cathy Green, President, Orange County Water District Board of Directors, Div. 6 (link to bio)
  • Andre Villasenor, Sustainability Coordinator, U.S. EPA (link to bio)

Agency Updates:

  • Cher Snyder, SCAQMD Sr. Enforcement Mgr. - Cher will present the Agency's Proposed Emergency Drought Management & Water Conservation Plan. 
  • Michael Palazzola, OC CUPA Hazardous Waste Specialist
  • Herman Jett, Cal-OSHA Consultation

Meeting Admission:

Employees of Member Companies/Agencies: $35, if registered by 3/16/2015 (noon) or $40 at the door without advance payment

Non-members:  $55 if registered by 3/16/2015 (noon) or $60 at the Door Without advance payment.

Space is limited!  We encourage advance registration and payment.

To purchase event ticket online, click the "Register" button to the left to purchase ticket(s). OR download, complete and mail the meeting registration form, with payment to IEC/OC. (click: Meeting Notice 3/19/15)

Fine Print: Cancelled Reservations must be received by Noon on 3/16/2015. Late Cancellations cannot be refunded. Unpaid “No Shows” will be billed and must be paid.


Atrium Hotel (across from John Wayne Airport)

18700 McArthur Blvd., Irvine, CA 92612

Hotel Tel: (949) 833-2770(949) 833-2770

Registration: 11:45 a.m.

Lunch and Program: 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

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