UC Irvine Applied Innovation


Water Solutions 3: Stretching Water Resources

Water Solutions 3: Stretching Water Resources

Event Details

Sustain OC presents:


New Strategies and Innovations for Stretching Water Resources

August 30, 2018
8 am - 12 noon
UC Irvine Applied Innovation

Sustain OC presents WATER SOLUTIONS 3, an event focused on exploring strategies and innovations that will help meet the increasing challenges of procuring, processing, storing and delivering water in Orange County and the surrounding regions.

For many decades, water is one of the greatest challenges facing Orange County. Serious conservation measures that were once considered temporary now being transitioned to permanent through State of California legislation. Water districts, and eventually their ratepayers, will eventually face significant fines if they do not meet new strict water use guidelines.

WS3 will highlight new approaches that utilize innovative technologies and forward-thinking leadership in both the public and private sectors to tackle the regions growing needs while stretching its limited water resources.

Please join us for this important morning presentations and interactive discussions as Sustain OC addresses real-world solutions to help assure sufficient and affordable supplies of water in our region,




Announcing our Keynote Speaker:

Hope Smythe, Executive Officer, California Regional Water Quality Control Board - Santa Ana Region (Region 8)

Agenda (topics, panels and speaker subject to change)

8 – 8:15 - Welcome Remarks
Scott Kitcher, President & CEO, Sustain OC

8:15 – 8:30 – Introductory Presentation
Speaker to be announced shortly
Innovating our way out of a permanent water crisis

8:30 – 9 am – Keynote: Hope Smythe, Executive Officer, California Regional Water Quality Control Board - Santa Ana Region (Region 8) – Overview of State’s ongoing conservation, water re-use and water quality challenges and how innovations and new approaches are contributing to finding solutions.

9 – 9:30 – Water & Energy
Jacob J. Moeder, P.E., Senior Engineer, Capital Projects, Irvine Ranch Water District
Overview of one of the largest utility operations energy storage project in the country

9:30 – 10:15 – Technical Solutions Panel - Panelist to be announced shortly

10:15 – 10:30 – Networking Break

10:30 – 11:15 – Water District Panel
John Arena, Business Outreach Manager (Moderator),  Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Panelists to be announced shortly

11:15 – 12 noon – End User Panel
Tony Garcia, Environmental Integration Manager, Disneyland Resort
Clay Rogers, Landscape Manager, The Irvine Company
Additional panelists to be announced shortly

About the Speakers:

Keynote Speaker:

Hope Smythe, Executive Officer, California Regional Water Quality Control Board - Santa Ana Region (Region 8)

Hope Smythe received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from University of California, Irvine and her Masters of Science in Environmental Sciences from California State University, Fullerton. She joined the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Santa Ana Region in 1987 and has led the Planning Section as well as the Stormwater, Permitting and Enforcement Division. In 2016, she became Assistant Executive Officer, and in 2017, the Regional Board appointed her as the Executive Officer. Ms. Smythe’s initial work as Chief of Planning at the Regional Board resulted in a major update of the Basin Plan and the adoption of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for pollutants of concern in the Newport Bay Watershed, some of the first TMDLs adopted in the State. Ms. Smythe also oversaw the development of TMDLs for Big Bear Lake, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake and the Santa Ana River. Ms. Smythe has overseen a major revision of the groundwater basin regulatory program for the Region. This 5-year effort involved coordination with 22 major wastewater and water supply agencies, that resulted in revisions to most groundwater basin boundaries, new Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and nitrate water quality standards for basins throughout the Region, as well as a revised Nitrogen/TDS Management Plan that promotes recycled water use. In her current position as Executive Officer, Ms. Smythe oversees all Regional Board functions including permitting, subsurface investigations, enforcement, basin planning and the stormwater program.