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Annual WELL Conferences

Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL) 

7th Annual Conference

Please note: WELL has reached capacity for scholarships. Cost of attendance is $275, not including hotel accommodations. Please submit payment through our online donation platform and register using this link.

WELL 7th Annual Conference Agenda

Theme: Water Resiliency in a Changing Climate – Leaving No One Behind

Thursday, March 28

  • 11:00AM Optional Tours – Registration requiredBuses depart from Queen Mary Hotel: 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
    • Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach)
      • Speakers: Joaquin Esquivel, Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board and Jerry Schubel, CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific
    • Joint Water Pollution Control Plant (Carson)
  • 4:00PM Return to Queen Mary & Check-in
  • 5:30PM-7:00PM Reception at Hotel Maya: 700 Queensway Dr, Long Beach, CA 9080
    • Speaker: Mayor Robert Garcia, City of Long Beach

Friday, March 29

  • 8:00AM Breakfast at Queen Mary: Queen’s Salon
  • 9:00AM Welcome
    • Video address by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
    • Speaker: California State Senator Robert Hertzberg
  • 9:30 AM-10:30AM Panel 1: Smart Growth in the Face of Water Stress
    • Moderator: Director Tony Estremera, Santa Clara Valley Water District Water Board
    • Panelists: Jason Greenspan, Southern California Association of Governments; Councilmember Gene Hernandez, City of Yorba Linda; Councilmember Barbara Delgleize, City of Huntington Beach
  • 10:30AM-10:45AM 15 Minute Break
  • 10:45AM-11:45AM Panel 2: The Future of California’s Human Right to Water
    • Moderator: Councilmember Eduardo Martinez, City of Richmond
    • Panelists: Director Cástulo Estrada, Coachella Valley Water District; Susana De Anda, Community Water Center; Brad Coffey, Metropolitan Water District; Mayor Grace Vallejo, City of Delano
  • 11:45AM-12:30PM: Interactive Activity
  • 12:30PM-1:45PM Lunch: Queen’s Salon
    • UnTapped Class of 2019  Pinning Ceremony and Presentation
  • 1:45PM-2:45PM Panel 3: Aftermath of Climate Change Disasters: Managing Water & Electrical Infrastructure
    • Moderator: Director Gracie Torres, Western Municipal Water District
    • Panelists: Jeff Lambert, Development Services Director, City of Oxnard; James Pasmore, SoCal Edison; Councilmember Ray Marquez, City of Chino Hills; Former Mayor Pro Tem Michele Martinez, City of Santa Ana
  • 2:45PM-3:00PM: Closing Remarks


Panel Descriptions  

Panel 1: Smart Growth in the Face of Water Stress

By the year 2030, California’s population is expected to have gained millions, reaching 44.1 million. In this panel, experts will explore water resiliency, effective management, and sustainable growth in the face of impending infrastructure pressure and demands. They will focus on protecting public health through expanding a resilient, healthy, and affordable potable water supply. Among other topics, panelists will discuss wastewater treatment and recycling, stormwater capture, and green infrastructure.

Panel 2: The Future of California’s Human Right to Water

In 2012, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Assembly Bill (AB) 685, making California the first state in the nation to legislatively recognize the human right to water. However, more than a million Californians continue to live without safe water for drinking, cooking, and sanitation. To address the issue, Governor Newsom has embraced a polarizing idea: new taxes totaling as much as $140 million a year for a clean drinking water initiative, imposing a monthly fee on water customers statewide. Experts will explore both sides of the water tax debate in the context of the Human Right to Water and what it means for vulnerable communities.

Panel 3: Aftermath of Climate Change Disasters: Managing Water Quality & Supply

California climate change challenges manifest as drought, fires, and floods – usually with a disproportionate impact on communities of color, namely Latino communities. Local government officials are challenged to adapt and mitigate to these events. Experts will discuss the fire-flood cycle and emergency response, forest management to protect downstream users, and the effect of these disasters on housing affordability.

Thank you to WELL’s 2019 Sponsors!