California Irrigation Institute

January 23rd - 24th, 2014 • Sacramento, CA

Past Event:

The California Irrigation Institute annual conference will be held Jan. 23-24, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. at the Arden West Hilton. 


Thursday, Jan. 23

9:30 – Welcome, introductions - Inge Bisconer, President, CII

           Keynote Speaker - Benjamin Grumbles, U.S. Water Alliance

10:00 – Building a water and energy efficient California

  • Felicia Marcus, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Sam Newman, PG&E Customer Energy Solutions
  • Tina Shields, Imperial Irrigation District
  • Lon House, Water & Energy Consulting
  • Jim Mayer, California Forward

12:00 – Lunch and awards

Concurrent session I

1:30 – Agriculture - Remotely measuring our progress

  •  Remote sensing for land use monitoring & ET estimates - Jeff Milliken, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  •  Snowpack monitoring - water supply forecasting - Frank Gehrke, California Department of Water Resources
  • New and future remote sensing - capabilities for monitoring Earth’s fresh water - Duane Waliser, NASA JPL
  • New technologies for irrigation - Dan Rooney, C3 Consulting

1:30 - Urban - What’s the latest with water conservation and 20 x 2020?

  • Meeting the targets: How Are We Doing? - Peter Brostrom, CDWR
  • A wholesaler’s plan to meet the 20 x 2020 Target - Jerry DeLaPiedra, Santa Clara Valley Water District
  • A Retailer’s Plan to Meet the 20 x 2020 Target - Catherine Elvert, City of Palo Alto
  • • Water Conservation Policy Updates - Manucher Alemi, CDWR

3:00 - Break

Concurrent session II

3:20 – Agriculture - Ground level implementation - making it work

  •  Implementing SBX7-7 at the district level - Lewis Bair, Reclamation District 108
  • The combined evaluation - A new audit methodology - Pete Canessa, Fresno State
  • Calibrating orifice flow gates for SBX7-7 compliance - Dan Howes, Irrigation Training and Research Center
  • The history and future of water measurement in the Tulare Irrigation District - Aaron Fukuda, Tulare Irrigation District

3:20 – Urban - Energy-smart landscapes

  • Putting together a water-energy partnership - Bill McDonnell, Metropolitan Water District
  • Getting to energy-smart landscapes - Douglas Kent, Southern California Gas Company

5:00 – 7:00 – Exhibitor reception

Friday, Jan. 24

8:00 - Agriculture and urban common threads

  • Geography of water and energy use - Lorraine White, GEI Consultants
  • Energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction - State Water Project - Veronica Hicks, CDWR
  • Policies and practices for water and energy efficiency in California - Kristina Donnelly, Pacific Institute
  • Urban water rate structure - Frank Maitski, Santa Clara Valley Water District

9:50 – Break

Concurrent sessions

10:10 – Agriculture – Alliances to improve on-farm irrigation practices

  • Overview of California ag irrigation methods - Dave DeWalt, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
  • Western ag and conservation coalition - John Farner, Irrigation Association
  • Ag Water and Energy Center at Fresno State - David Zoldoske, CIT/Fresno State
  • Smarter irrigation through monitoring: an update on the SCRI- monitoring irrigation and nutrients via distributed sensing project - Lauren Bissey Crawford, Decagon Devices
  • Retrofitting for success and profitability - Jim Anshutz, Ag /H20

10:10 – Urban - Water and energy programs on the ground

  • The Coachella Valley Study: yes, you can save energy in landscape - Dave Koller, Coachella Valley Water District
  • One water agency’s experience with smart meters - Richard Harris, East Bay Municipal Utility District

11:00 - Innovation in urban landscape irrigation discussion

  • Don Franklin, Hunter; Mike Baron, Toro; Fred March, Weathermatic’ Ben Slick, Hydropoint; Bob Best, Netafim; and John Ossa, Rain Bird

Noon – Lunch speaker

  • Phil Rosentrater, Salton Sea Restoration Project
  • CII business: New officers

1:30 - Adjourn



Location Details

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Arden West Hilton
2200 Harvard Street
Sacramento, California
United States

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