Past Events:

State Agency Panel Discussion: Open Data for Water Resilience in CA

Nov 16 2023
In this Data for Lunch session, discover how modernizing water data infrastructure is driving positive outcomes for water stewardship in CA.

Join the California Water Data Consortium who, in partnership with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, is hosting a discussion with some of the state agencies implementing the Open and Transparent Water Data Act on the role of data in water resilience in California. The panelists will explore water data’s long-term impact on water stewardship outcomes and opportunities to improve those outcomes for everyone living and working in California.


  • Deven Upadhyay, Executive Officer and Assistant General Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California


  • E. Joaquin Esquivel, Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board
  • Laurel Larsen, Delta Lead Scientist, USGS and Associate Professor, UC Berkeley
  • Karla Nemeth, Director of the California Department of Water Resources

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Presentation Recording:


Panel Overview

Water is California’s most precious resource. It’s critical to our state’s economic, social, and environmental future. However, California’s aging water infrastructure, coupled with extreme weather events and the impacts of climate change, is straining California’s water resources and challenging our ability to make timely decisions. Concurrently, increasing regulatory requirements and jurisdictional overlaps are taxing the capacity of the agencies who have traditionally managed water. There is increasing recognition that adapting to complex issues like climate change, extreme weather events, and changing social values requires both better information about the systems we are stewarding and the reconsideration of data governance structures to enable collaboration across sectors, interests, agencies, and domains.

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This event is part of the Consortium’s Data for Lunch series, which provides an opportunity to learn about innovative water data-related projects.