Water Policy + Innovation Summit

Policy Solutions to Accelerate Water Data Innovation

Featuring the winners of the 2017 California Water Policy Challenge

Tuesday May 16th, 2017  |  2:00 - 5:30  |  Hosted Reception 5:30 - 6:30

Cal EPA Annex 801 K St   |   Sacramento, CA

Presented in Partnership with the Milken Institute and hosted by Cal EPA

Agenda Overview

2:00 - 5:30 pm

Welcome: Wade Crowfoot The Water Foundation 

Bridging the Gap: 2016 CA Water Policy Challenge winners Paula Kehoe (SFPUC) and Mary Ann Dickinson (Alliance for Water Efficiency, IH2O '17 Policy Judge) map their progress on state-wide onsite reuse standards and AB 740. 

Policy Showcase & Interactive Workshop with 2017 California Water Policy Challenge Runners-Up: Mammoth Trading and Got Produce? 

Policy Showcase & Workshop with 2017 California Water Policy Challenge Winner: Center for Law, Energy and the Environment at Berkeley Law (CLEE) and Water and Power Law Group LLC

Building Support: Factors leading to the successful passage of The Open and Transparent Water Data Act and what this means for water data innovation with Adrian Covert of the Bay Area Council and California Senator Bill Dodd (invited).

Closing: Felicia Marcus, State Water Resources Control Board (tentative), Kevin Klowden, Milken Institute (program partner)

Hosted Reception to follow

Results of the 2017 California Water Policy Challenge.

Read the full Press Release here, and click through the teams for information about the proposed policy solution. 

Center for Law, Energy and the Environment at Berkeley Law (CLEE) and Water and Power Law Group LLC: Create a modern information system of water rights and water use that will enable deliberate, real-time decision making on the allocation of water in California. Read about this idea

Mammoth Trading: Incentivize the agricultural community to participate in groundwater data collection through the development of innovative groundwater markets. Read about this idea.

Got Produce: Improve access to loans for innovative water efficiency technologies for farmers through third-party validation of water savings. Read about this idea.

Water in the West at Stanford University: Build a flexible digital tool that quantifies the environmental, economic, and social benefits and risks of Green Infrastructure (GI) projects to support increased integration with urban planning projects. Read about this idea.

About the Challenge

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.



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

“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.


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