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Saving the Dream: Exploring New Water Solutions - Guest Panel

Join the conversation live at The Pacific Club on Thursday, March 31st at 11:30 AM. OC Forum is honored to welcome our guest moderator Sarah Catz, Director of the Center of Urban infrastructure at UMass Global. She will be joined by our distinguished panel of water experts including representatives from the Irvine Ranch Water District, Orange County Water District, Water UCI, and the State of California Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Click Here to reserve a seat at our event. Meet our panelists for the program below!

Sarah Catz, Director, Center for Urban Infrastructure, UMass Global

A leading advocate and public policymaker, Sarah Catz serves as the director for the Center for Urban Infrastructure. During the past twenty years, she has played a crucial role in critical transportation projects at the local, state, and national levels. She has also been recognized by the League of Women Voters of Orange County with the "OC Woman of Achievement" Award and by OC Metro Magazine as one of "10 Women Making a Difference in Orange County." Visit the link below for more information.

Paul A. Cook, General Manager, Irvine Ranch Water District

Paul A. Cook is the General Manager of Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD). In addition to his leadership role at IRWD, Cook currently serves on the Board of Directors for WateReuse California and the California Municipal Utilities Association. He is also a registered civil engineer with over 30 years of experience with water and wastewater systems in the public and private sectors. Click here to learn more!

Kris Murray, Chair, State of California, Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board

Kris Murray serves as Chair of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board for California. The Board focuses on preserving, enhancing, and restoring California’s water quality, proper allocation, and efficient use. Murray has over 25 years of executive management experience, serving public agencies across Southern California. To learn more about Murray, click here:

Mike R. Markus, General Manager, Orange County Water District

With over 40 years of experience, Michael R. Markus is known for his large project implementation and water resource management expertise. He currently serves as the General Manager of the Orange County Water District (OCWD), which provides high-quality water for over 2.5 million residents in North and Central Orange County. For more information, visit the link below.

David L. Feldman (Ph.D.), Director, Water UCI

As director of Water UCI, David Lewis Feldman oversees projects on California’s Water Resilience portfolio, contaminants of emerging concern, and education and outreach activities. Feldman also served as lead author for a U.S. Climate Change Science Program report on climate and water and was co-Principal Investigator on an NSF-Partnership for International Research and Education project with Australian universities on water reuse. Learn more by clicking here!

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