Data is essential to help California’s farmers, businesses and communities monitor and manage water resources more effectively. Promising data solutions exist—but policy barriers prevent their adoption in municipal, agricultural and industrial markets. A supportive policy environment is vital to foster a market for water innovation. 

IH2Os second annual California Water Policy Challenge aims to strengthen the quality of water management by accelerating the development of water data innovations and technologies.


2017 POLICY CHALLENGE JUDGING PANEL

AG Kawamura Solutions from the Land Andrew Fahlund The Water Foundation Buzz Thompson Stanford University Caitrin Chappelle Public Policy Institute of California Frank Loge UC Davis Hank Giclas Western Growers Heather Cooley Pacific Institute Jennifer Persike ACWA Kevin Klowden Milken Institute Mary Ann Dickinson Alliance for Water Efficiency Martha Davis Inland Empire Utilities Ron Gastelum Water Conservation Partners Peter Yolles WaterSmart Software

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“Imagine H2O’s approach allows us to identify practical, intelligent policy solutions that can get water technology deployed in California.”
— Buzz Thompson, Professor at Stanford Law School and Director of the Woods Institute for the Environment

Imagine H2O’s inaugural 2016 California Water Policy Challenge attracted over one hundred submissions from academia, the private sector, government entities and NGOs. Successful applicants presented at a forum in Sacramento on February 9, 2016 with actionable policy recommendations to drive adoption of water technologies by California's cities, farms and industries.

2016 POLICY CHALLENGE JUDGING PANEL

Andrew Fahlund California Water Foundation AG Kawamura Solutions From the Land Buzz Thompson Stanford University Jennifer Persike Association of California Water Agencies Leslie Friedman-Johnson Conservation and Natural Resources Group Radhika Fox U.S. Water Alliance Ron Gastelum Water Conservation Partners