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LAEDC WATER COMMITTEE MEETING: The Bay-Delta Initiatives Program

September 22, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am




About the The Bay-Delta Initiatives Program

About 30 percent of the water that flows out of taps in Southern California comes from Northern California via the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. But the Delta’s delivery system is badly outdated, a problem compounded both by a declining ecosystem and 1,100-mile levee system that are increasingly vulnerable. California WaterFix is a comprehensive solution proposed by state and federal agencies to ensure our state has a reliable water supply for many years to come. It would modernize the decades-old delivery system through the building of three new intakes in the northern Delta along with two tunnels to carry water to the existing aqueduct system in the southern Delta. Throughout the summer of 2017, water agencies including Metropolitan Water District, will evaluate the costs and benefits of the project to determine whether to participate in California WaterFix.
Meeting Details
Date: Friday, September 22, 2017
Time: 10:30am – 11:45am
Alston & Bird LLP, 333 South Hope Street, 16th Floor, Los Angeles 90071

Guest Speaker

Stephen Arakawa
Manager, Bay-Delta Initiatives
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Stephen Arakawa, manager of the Bay-Delta Initiatives Program at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, has a background of 30 years working in the water field as a civil engineer.

At Metropolitan he is responsible for the plans and activities to secure a reliable supply from the state water project through environmental and water supply improvements in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. A key initiative within the program is completion of a Bay-Delta Conservation Plan which entails the environmental review, permitting and preliminary design for both environmental restoration of the Delta and an improved water delivery system in the Delta.

Prior to that he served as group manager of the Water Resource Management Group for over 10 years where he was responsible for managing the district’s planning activities and policy guideline development related to Metropolitan’s water supply plans and integrated resources plans; the development and implementation of Metropolitan’s resources programs for conservation, local resources projects, and groundwater recovery and conjunctive use programs; and the management and negotiations of resource contracts related to the State Water Project, Colorado River deliveries and water transfers and purchases.

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September 22, 2017
10:30 am - 11:45 am
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