Imagine H2O's Policy Program identifies and supports policies leading to the broader adoption of water innovation in the California market and beyond.


The California Water POlicy 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 aimed 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

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.

Water Policy + Innovation Summit  |  May 16th, 2017

Policy Solutions to Accelerate Water Data Innovation

Presented in partnership with the Milken Institute and hosted by Cal EPA, 100 policy makers, regulators, entrepreneurs, heads of NGO's, foundations, and representatives of the agricultural community convened to support policies leading to the deployment of data technologies in water.

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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

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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