NEWS - April 2017 – Water Market Solutions for California’s Water Issues, Sacramento, California

The Sacramento Water Market Conference was the first time the AGWT has addressed this emerging topic. Water trading
allows and enables water right-holders to sell or lease water. To be most effective in times of drought (with time-sensitive water needs by end-users), there needs to be a streamlined approval process for trades. This workshop explained water markets, outlined the current processes for California water trades, showcased successes and offered perspectives on the role water market trades can play to help successful implementation of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
Presenters included:
Tony Morgan, Deputy General Manager, United Water Conservation District, Santa Paula, CA
Matthew Fienup, Economist, Center for Economic Research & Forecasting, Thousand Oaks, CA
Rabia Ahmed, Sr. Economist and Manager, Ramboll Environ, Seattle, WA
Dr. Rodney Smith – Managing Member, Stratecon, Claremont, CA 
Tom Rooney, President, WaterFind USA, Sacramento, CA 
Clay Landry, Managing Director, WestWater Research, Boise, ID 
Lee West, Director, CTX Global-North America, Los Angeles, CA
Vernon Crowder, Senior Vice President and Agricultural Economist, Rabobank, Fresno, CA    
Dr. Jay Lund, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis, CA
Jay Ziegler, Director of External Affairs & Policy, The Nature Conservancy, San Francisco, CA
Gary Bardini, Deputy Director, California Department of Water Resources, Sacramento, CA 
Brandon Goshi, Metropolitan Water District, Manager of Water Policy and Strategy, Los Angeles, CA  
Aaron Ferguson, Associate, Somach Simmons & Dunn, Sacramento, CA 
Dr. Ruth Langridge, UC Santa Cruz, Associate Researcher, Center for International, Global and Regional Studies, Santa Cruz, CA