Water Summit

November 2, 2017
Beverly Hills, CA

On the blue planet, water is the source of all life – and one of the most potent sources of conflict. Without consistent access to this limited and increasingly unpredictable resource, fertile fields go barren, wildlife populations dwindle and communities suffer devastating consequences.

And yet, water offers a common denominator around which to unite. Water crises around the world are spurring innovative new technologies and inspiring diverse stakeholders to work together on equitable solutions. California tells this story like no other place.

At the Water Summit, The Atlantic gathered the leading voices in water, from environmentalists and policymakers to growers, industry leaders and community representatives, to forge a dialogue around the critical water issues of our time. With an eye toward the future, The Atlantic discussed the challenges, the solutions and the ways that the latest innovations can work to make water safe, reliable and accessible for years to come.

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  • Veronica Garibay
    Veronica Garibay Co-Director Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability
  • State Senator Bill Monning
    State Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) California Senate Majority Leader
  • Wade Crowfoot
    Wade Crowfoot CEO Water Foundation
  • Felicia Marcus
    Felicia Marcus Chair State Water Resources Control Board
  • Emily Hicks
    Emily Hicks President FREDsense Technologies
  • Ron Brownstein
    Ron Brownstein Senior Editor The Atlantic
  • Joone Lopez
    Joone Lopez General Manager Moulton Niguel Water District
  • Scott Bryan
    Scott Bryan President ImagineH2O
  • Steve Clemons
    Steve Clemons Washington Editor at Large The Atlantic
  • Sarah Heard
    Sarah Heard Project Director, Conservation Investments The Nature Conservancy
  • John Krist
    John Krist CEO Ventura County Farm Bureau
  • Alex Cohen
    Alex Cohen Host, Morning Edition NPR Member Station KPCC
  • Matthew Fienup
    Matthew Fienup Executive Director, Center for Economic Research and Forecasting California Lutheran University
  • George McGraw
    George McGraw Founder and Executive Director DIGDEEP
  • Shana Epstein
    Shana Epstein Director of Public Works City of Beverly Hills
  • Nelson Switzer*
    Nelson Switzer* Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer Nestlé Waters North America
  • Liz Crosson*
    Liz Crosson* Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles


Note: All times are Pacific Time Zone

  • Thursday, November 02
  • 10:00 a.m.WelcomeBob Cohn, President, The Atlantic
  • 10:05 a.m.California’s “Water Czar”Felicia Marcus, Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board
    With Alex Cohen, Host, Morning Edition, NPR Member Station KPCC
  • 10:25 a.m.Bits & Bytes: The Water TrackersScott Bryan, President, Imagine H2O
    Emily Hicks, President, FredSense Technologies
    Joone Lopez, General Manager, Moulton Niguel Water District
    With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • 11:05 a.m.Beyond Pipes: Reimagining InfrastructureWade Crowfoot, CEO, Water Foundation
    Veronica Garibay, Co-Founder, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability
    George McGraw, Founder and Executive Director, DIGDEEP
    With: Alex Cohen, NPR Member Station KPCC
  • 11:35 a.m.Legislating Clean WaterState Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel); California Senate Majority Leader
    With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 11:55 a.m.From Conflict to Collaboration: A Case StudyShana Epstein, Director, Public Works, City of Beverly Hills
    Matthew Fienup, Executive Director, Center for Economic Research and Forecasting, California Lutheran University
    Sarah Heard, Project Director, Conservation Investments, The Nature Conservancy
    John Krist, CEO, Ventura County Farm Bureau
    With Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 12:25 p.m.Closing ThoughtsBob Cohn, The Atlantic


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