Water Experts to Discuss Impact of State Drought Restrictions on Inland Area May 27

Regional water managers will address latest water regulations at UCR event

Cantu, Grindstaff, Headrick, Rossi

Water experts (clockwise, from top left) Celeste Cantu, Joe Grindstaff, John Rossi and Doug Headrick will address the impact of new water restrictions.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A panel of regional water experts will discuss California’s historic drought and the impact of state-imposed conservation regulations on Inland residents, businesses and communities on Wednesday, May 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at UC Riverside.

“Water: Impact of the Drought and New Regulations on Inland Southern California” is part of the ongoing Randall Lewis Seminar Series of the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (CSSD). It is free and open to the public, and will be held at the UCR College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), 1084 Columbia Ave., Riverside. Reservations are requested as seating is limited and may be made online or by calling (951) 827-7830.

Ron Loveridge, CSSD director and associate professor of political science, will moderate the discussion that will address the current state of the drought, new regulations and requirements Gov. Brown and the state are imposing on local water districts, how these regulations will impact the region, and what to expect in terms of new water policies and programs as the drought continues.

Panelists include:

  • Celeste Cantú, general manager of Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, has been working on the One Water One Watershed plan that addresses all water-related issues with hundreds of stakeholders seeking to create a new vision of sustainability for the Santa Ana River Watershed. She previously served as executive director of the California State Water Resources Control Board, which is responsible for water rights and water quality for the state. During the Clinton Administration, she served as the USDA Rural Development state director for California.
  • Joe Grindstaff, general manager of Inland Empire Utilities Agency, previously served as executive officer for the Delta Stewardship Council, director of the California Bay-Delta Authority, and deputy secretary for water policy for the Natural Resources Agency, where he took part in the historic 2009 legislative reform package, coordinated water policy, supported Delta Vision, helped CALFED transition to the new paradigm of co-equal goals and oversaw many recourse management activities for the state. He also served as chief deputy director at the state Department of Water Resources.
  • Doug Headrick, general manager/chief engineer of San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, has been involved in California water for more than 20 years. He specializes in the development and implementation of regional, collaborative projects, and represents SBVMWD as a board member of the State Water Contractors Association and the Southern California Water Committee. He is also a volunteer trainer specializing in well drilling and hand pump repair for Lifewater International and travels to developing countries to teach water resource techniques and transformational development.
  • John Rossi, general manager of Western Municipal Water District, is a court-appointed watermaster for the Santa Ana River Watershed and Western judgments. He currently serves on a number of boards of various water and utility entities, and previously was the chief executive officer of the Chino Basin Watermaster, and general manager of the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District. In 2013 he received the Excellence in Water Leadership Award from the Association of California Water Agencies for his long history of leadership, problem-solving, and numerous other contributions to California water.


Established in 2003, the UCR Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (CSSD) explores the social, economic, political and environmental impacts that population growth and movement has on cities and local communities. The center facilitates interdisciplinary collaborations in the community through its staff and affiliated faculty via research, joint conferences, workshops and public forums held at UCR and in the community.

The Randall Lewis Seminar Series is an ongoing program of CSSD generously funded by Randall Lewis, executive vice president of Upland-based Lewis Operating Cos. The seminars focus on a wide range of regional sustainability topics such as air and water resources, infrastructure and transportation planning, affordable housing and the fiscal health of cities.

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