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Water Challenges in San Diego (SOLD OUT)

  • The Advanced Water Purification Facility 4949 Eastgate Mall San Diego, CA, 92121 United States

TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT.  Please email if you'd like to be on the wait list.

We are in a severe drought in California, but sometimes it is hard to understand what, besides conservation, we can each do individually about this huge problem.  HKS@SD, in conjunction with the Stanford Club of San Diego, invites you to attend an event on "Water Challenges in San Diego!" 

On Saturday, 28 February 2015, we will meet with water policy makers from the City of San Diego and the Metropolitan Water Authority to discuss some of the challenges we face.  We will also get to tour San Diego's Advanced Water Purification Facility!  The biographies of our speakers are below the registration button, and at the event, we will also distribute information on how to continue your learning on water by sharing information about the Metropolitan Water Authority's educational tours of the Colorado River Aqueduct and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Refreshments and some small bites will be served.

10-10:30am - Framing our Water Challenges
10:30-11:30am - Touring the AWPF
11:30am-12pm - Discussion and Q&A

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Cathleen (Cathy) Pieroni - Governmental Affairs Manager, City of San Diego Public Utilities

For more than a decade, Cathy Pieroni has served as the Governmental Affairs Manager of the City of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department.  Cathy is the Department’s lead on matters pertaining to imported water and statewide water policy. Additionally, she heads up the Department’s legislative program for both Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

Cathy also serves as a special advisor to the Public Utilities Department Director for water policy and financial issues and is the lead policy analyst for the City’s ten appointed members of the SDCWA Board of Directors.

Prior to her work at the City of San Diego, Cathy worked at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) designing and overseeing the implementation of residential water conservation programs.  She is a graduate of the University of San Diego, with a master’s degree in business administration.

Cathy resides in Poway with her husband and two daughters.

Meena Westford - Special Projects Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Meena Westford is the Special Projects Manager in the External Affairs Group at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. She is Metropolitan’s lead staff person in the agency’s San Diego office. Areas of responsibility include community and government outreach in the San Diego region; communications and program analysis related to conservation and local resource policies and programs, including recycled water and desalination, as well as Colorado River and other water resource and policy issues.

Prior to joining Metropolitan in June of 2012, Westford worked for the San Diego County Water Authority. She managed the agency’s water use efficiency and dry-year water transfer programs. Westford also worked for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for nearly 20 years where her responsibilities included working on a variety of programs for the Mid-Pacific (Fresno, CA) and Lower Colorado (southern CA) regions as well as assignments in Washington DC.

She has experience in managing local, state and regional planning projects that involve water use efficiency, potable and recycled water use, storm water augmentation, conjunctive use management and watershed restoration planning.

Westford currently serves on the Board of Directors of CleanTech San Diego and the San Diego County Taxpayers’ Association and was recently appointed to the City of San Diego’s PURE Water Public Advisory Committee. She is an active member of the SD Regional Chamber of Commerce, SD Regional EDC and South County EDC and is on the state-wide CA Water Policy conference planning committee.

Westford is a long-time San Diego resident and earned her bachelor’s degree in Resource Economics from San Diego State University. Westford holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver.

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