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Water Solutions 7


Aug 25, 2022


1pm – 5pm
5pm – 7:30pm EXPO


UCI Beall Applied Innovation
Irvine, CA

Water Solutions 7


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Sustain SoCal presents WATER SOLUTIONS 7 (WS7), focused on exploring real life strategies and innovations in reuse, desal, storm water, energy nexus, contamination, investor and policy trends and big data in Southern California and the surrounding region.

Join us in-person for presentations, networking and discussions as Sustain SoCal addresses pragmatic solutions to help assure sufficient and affordable supplies of water in our region. We’ll conclude the event with an innovator showcase and networking to follow.


1:00     Networking/Reception
1:15     Sustain SoCal Board of Directors Welcome
  • Scott Kitcher, President & CEO, Sustain SoCal
  • Errol Arkilic, Chief Innovation Officer, UC Irvine; Executive Director, UCI Beall Applied Innovation
  • Greg Queen, President, JWC Environmental
  • Dennis Calvert, CEO, BioLargo
  • Duane Cave, Board Member, Moulton Niguel Water District; External Relations Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric
1:25      Water Alternatives as Governance Challenge – Achieving Public Acceptability
  • David Feldman, Professor, Professor of Urban Planning & Public Policy and Political Science, UC Irvine and Director of the Masters of Public Policy Program, UCI, and Water UCI
1:30      Keynote: Building Water Resilience in a Changing Climate
  • Liz Crosson, Chief Sustainability, Resiliency and Innovation, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
1:50     Water for Communities and the Environment – a 50-year Plan
  • Todd Corbin, General Manager, Riverside Public Utilities
  • Heather Dyer, CEO / General Manager, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District
2:20     Solution Trends in PFAS, PFOA, GenX, etc.
  • Tonya Chandler, Director Commercialization, Strategic Marketing, & Business Development, BioLargo
  • Zeynep Erdal, Director, Integrated Solutions and Capabilities, Black & Veatch
  • Lan Wiborg, Director of Environmental Services, Orange County Sanitation District
2:50     Smart Watershed Network: Building the New Internet of Water
  • Laura Rocha, Senior Water Resource Planner, Moulton Niguel Water District
  • Grant Sharp, Manager, South OC Watershed Management Area, OC Public Works, County of Orange
  • Austin Orr, Project Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants
3:20     Break
3:30      “Stable Water” Makes Stable Water: Integrated Reuse – Another Path to Water Sustainability
  • Mike Blazevic, Hydrogeologist, Santa Margarita Water District
3:50     Efficiency and Innovation in Irrigation
  • Gary Tilkian, Senior Resource Specialist, Water Efficiency Team, Metropolitan Water District
  • Parker Cohn, CEO & Founder, PRM
  • Clay Rogers, Senior Landscape Manager, Irvine Company               
4:20     Discussions on Innovations at the Water Energy Nexus
  • Sadrul Ula, Research Professor, UC Riverside
  • Matt Gregori, Technology Development Manager, SoCalGas
  • Zeynep Erdal, Director, Integrated Solutions and Capabilities, Black & Veatch
  • Steve Delson, CEO, Gate5 Energy Partners
  • Alexander von Welczeck, Founder, President & CEO, SkyH2O
5:20 – 7:30 – Expo and Reception

Speakers include:

Keynote Speaker

Liz-Crosson Metropolitan Water District-hires

Liz Crosson

Chief Sustainability, Resiliency and Innovation Officer

Metropolitan Water District

Todd Corbin General Manager, City of Riverside

Todd Corbin

General Manager

Riverside Public Utilities

Dennis Calvert biolargo

Dennis Calvert




Duane Cave

Board Member

Moulton Niguel Water District

Austin Orr, Geosyntec Consultants

Austin Orr

Project Engineer

Geosyntec Consultants

Grant Sharp, OC Public Works

Grant Sharp

Manager, South OC Watershed Management Area, OC Public Works

County of Orange

Heather Dyer, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District

Heather Dyer

CEO / General Manager

San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District

Laura Rocha Senior Water Resource Planner MNWD

Laura Rocha

Senior Water Resource Planner

Moulton Niguel Water District

Sadrul Ula UC Riverside

Sadrul Ula

Research Professor

UC Riverside

Matt Gregori SoCalGas

Matt Gregori

Technology Development Manager


Errol Arkilic Chief Innovation Officer ExecDir UCI Beall Applied Innovation

Errol Arkilic

Chief Innovation Officer, UCI & Executive Director

UCI Beall Applied Innovation

Tonya Chandler

Director Commercialization, Strategic Marketing, & Business Development


Zeynep Erdal, Director, Black & Veatch

Zeynep Erdal

Director, Integrated Solutions and Capabilities

Black & Veatch

Lan Wiborg, OC Sanitation District

Lan Wiborg

Director of Environmental Services

Orange County Sanitation District

Michael Blazevic, Santa Margarita Water District

Mike Blazevic


Santa Margarita Water District

Gary Tilkian, Metropolitan Water District

Gary Tilkian

Senior Resource Specialist

Metropolitan Water District

Parker Cohn, PRM

Parker Cohn

CEO & Founder


Clay Rogers, Sr Landscape Manager, Irvine Company

Clay Rogers

Senior Landscape Manager

Irvine Company

Steve Delson, CEO, Gate5 Energy Partners

Steve Delson


Gate5 Energy Partners

Alexander von Welczeck, SkyH2O 2

Alexander von Welczeck

Founder, President & CEO


David-Feldman, UCI

David Feldman

Professor of Urban Planning & Public Policy and Political Science



Platinum Sponsors


Metropolitan Water District

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a regional wholesaler and the largest supplier of treated water in the United States.

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Innovator of cleantech products for PFAS mitigation, water treatment, air quality control, environmental remediation, and more.


Moulton Niguel Water District

Moulton Niguel provides water, recycled water, and wastewater treatment services to 170,000 customers in South OC.

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LA Cleantech Incubator

LA Cleantech Incubator is the City of Los Angeles's official cleantech business incubator established to accelerate the commercialization of clean technology and job creation in the Los Angeles region.

Gold Sponsor

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Santa Margarita Water District

Santa Margarita Water District proudly provides drinking water, recycled water and wastewater services to over 200,000 residents.

Silver Sponsors

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Irvine Ranch Water District

IRWD was established in 1961 as a California Water District. Located in Orange County, the District serves the city of Irvine and portions of Costa Mesa, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Tustin, Santa Ana, Orange and unincorporated Orange County.



SkyH2O is a California innovation company with German engineering heritage that provides world-class industrial-grade water generating systems and projects.

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Green Biz Marketing

At GreenBiz Marketing, we create individualized website and marketing strategies that generate high quality leads for companies passionate about the environment.

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