Water Forum Virtual 20th Anniversary Symposium and Reception

Addressing Climate Impacts on the Sacramento Region’s Water Supplies and Environment

Wednesday, October 14, 1-5 p.m.

The Water Forum’s Symposium will be a thought-provoking, interactive exploration of climate change and its projected impacts that threaten the Sacramento region’s water supplies, flood protection, and aquatic ecosystems and environment.

The event will also discuss potential solutions, mitigation and adaptation strategies to create a climate-resilient future where all of the Sacramento region’s inhabitants can live in unison.

Speakers will highlight environmental justice and equity throughout the symposium. The concluding panel will focus on solutions to invest in communities vulnerable to climate change, who have experienced economic and physical displacement as a result of historical underinvestment and inequitable, exclusionary planning decisions.

The event will close with a reception to celebrate the Water Forum’s 20th Anniversary, and the Sacramento region’s progress toward reaching the co-equal goals of providing reliable and safe water supplies for the Sacramento region and preserving the environment of the lower American River. 

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This event is free of charge.

Latest News

What do you see (or hear, smell, taste, feel) when you imagine a better, more equitable future for water, climate and communities in the Sacramento region? 

Guests will explore this key question with an interactive audience participation exercise during the Water Forum’s 20th Anniversary Climate Symposium. We invite you to begin considering your answer and look forward to hearing your thoughts.

The event will also feature a special announcement by Sacramento County Supervisor Patrick Kennedy during the 20th Anniversary Reception, which will take place at the conclusion of the Climate Symposium.

Check out this video for a hint at the announcement to come!

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Offered in partnership with the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative.


Program and Featured Speakers

Subject to change. Times are approximate.

1 p.m.
Opening Keynote
Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis—invited
Instrumental in the Water Forum’s formation two decades ago through her active leadership and facilitative role in the negotiations of the historic Agreement.

1:30 p.m.
Flood, Fire, and Drought – Planning for a New Paradigm in Water Supply
Tony Firenzi, Director of Strategic Affairs, Placer County Water Agency

2 p.m.
Progressive Flood Control Solutions for the Sacramento Region
Tamika L’Ecluse, Board Member, American River Flood Control District

2:30 p.m.
What is the Future of Our Favorite River? Managing for the Effects of Climate Change on the American River Ecosystem
Julie Zimmerman, Lead Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

3 p.m.
Vulnerable Communities
A special presentation, panel conversation and interactive group exploration of climate change’s potential impacts on and the special needs of vulnerable communities, possible solutions and the Water Forum’s potential role.

Nailah Pope Harden, State Policy Advocate, ClimatePlan

Panel Discussion

Back to Our Roots: Watershed Management and Traditional Knowledge
Anecita Agustinez, Tribal Policy Advisor, California Department of Water Resources

Tamika L’Ecluse, Board Member, American River Flood Control District
Nailah Pope Harden, State Policy Advocate, ClimatePlan
Tom Gohring, Executive Director, the Water Forum

Moderator: Katherine Perkins, the Water Forum

4:30 p.m.
Symposium Wrap Up and Water Forum 20th Anniversary Reception
Emcee: Roger Niello,
Water Forum stakeholder and Agreement signatory as Sacramento County Supervisor

Hon. Dr. Ami Bera, United States Congress–invited
Mikey Hothi, District Director to Assemblymember Jim Cooper

Susan Sherry, Mediator of the Water Forum Agreement
Ron Stork, early participant in the Water Forum Agreement negotiations and longtime representative for Friends of the River
Nancy Vogel, former Sacramento Bee reporter, Director of Governor’s Water Portfolio Program

Patrick Kennedy, Supervisor, Sacramento County

Tom Gohring, Executive Director, the Water Forum