Sierra Nevada Watershed Resilience Summit

Approaches to Addressing Catastrophic Fire, Water Supply, Water Quality, Flood and Environmental Protection

September 12-13, 2019

North Tahoe Event Center, King’s Beach, CA


Thursday, September 12, 2019



11:30 am – 12:00 pm


12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

   Welcome (Main Room)

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

   Keynote Speaker (Main Room)

Angela Avery

Executive Director of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy

1:00 – 1:30


Anecita Agustinez

Tribal Policy Advisor, Department of Water Resources

               How to Include Tribes in Building a Sierra Coalition

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

     PANELS (Main Room)

   Panel 1:  Climate Change: What Do We Expect for the Sierras and How Are We Going to Adapt?

   Moderator:  John Shelton

                           Executive Director, San Joaquin Conservancy


  • Phil Saksa, Blue Forest Conservation
  • Nikki Caravelli, Sierra CAMP Project Manager, Sierra Business Council
  • Patty Kouyoumdjian, Executive Officer, Lahontan Regional Water Board, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategy

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm


2:30 – 3:15 pm

   Panel 2:  Forest Resilience and Vulnerabilities to Wildfire: Infrastructure, Communities and the Environment

                     Moderator:  Neysa King

                                              Environmental Resources Administrator

                                              Nevada Irrigation District 


  • Scott Conway, Conway Conservation Group
  • Dirk Charley, Dunlap Mono Tribal
  • Chris Anthony, CalFIRE - California Forest Management Task Force, Sierra & Eastside Regional Prioritization Group

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

      Panel 3:  Headwaters Water Supply (How do we protect our water? State and      Federal Policies, ACWA Principles, etc.)

                     Moderator:  Pete Pumphrey, California Lawyers Association


  • Dave Eggerton, Executive Director, ACWA
  • Andy Fecko, Placer County Water Agency
  • Jule Rizzardo, State Water Resource Control Board

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Breakout Discussions

   Climate Change

   (Room 1)

Forest Resilience and Vulnerabilities to Wildfire 

(Room 2)

 Headwater Water Supply

 (Room 3)

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Reception on Patio

Poster Session

Friday, September 13, 2019



8:30 am – 8:45 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45 am – 9:15 am

  Keynote Speaker (Main Room)

Elizabeth Betancourt

State Water Resources Control Board and Candidate for Assembly District 1

9:15 am – 10:15 am


   Panel 4:  Regional Organizations

                   Moderator: Jen Greenburg, Lake Tahoe Conservancy


  • Brittany Covich, Sierra Nevada Conservancy – Watershed Improvement Program and Tahoe Central Sierra Initiative
  • Sarah Di Vittorio, National Forest Foundation – Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership
  • Elena DeLacy, American River Conservancy – American Rivers Headwaters Project
  • Ed Smith, The Nature Conservancy – French Meadows Forest Restoration Project

10:15 am – 10:30 am


10:30 am - Noon

Panel 5:   Water Resilience Portfolio

  • Panel Presentations
  • Listening Session

    Moderator: Holly Alpert, Inyo-Mono IRWM


  • Doug Smith, Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • Art Hinojosa, Department of Water Resources
  • Melissa Sparks, ACWA
  • Remieh Scherzinger, General Manager, Nevada Irrigation District

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

PANELS (Main Room)

Panel 6:  Tools and Resources  

                 Moderator: Sara Monson, Sierra Nevada Alliance


  • Kate Gladstein, CalFire
  • Dore A. Bietz, Planner/Emergency Manager (Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians)
  • Todd Thompson, DWR (invited)
  • Alexandra Biering, Friant Water Authority

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Panel 7:  How Do We Build a Sierra Coalition?

                 Moderator: Jodie Monaghan, Sierra Water Workgroup


  • Jenny Hatch, Executive Director, Sierra Nevada Alliance
  • Anecita Augustinez, Tribal Policy Advisor, DWR
  • Izzy Martin, CEO, Sierra Fund
  • Kerri Timmer, Sierra Business Council
  • TBD, Sierra Nevada Conservancy (invited)

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm


2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Breakout Discussions

Tools and Resources

 (Room 1)

How Do We Build A Sierra Coalition?

 (Room 2)

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm


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