Sacramento Branch Meeting- Building Bridges to a New World in Water Resource Management

Please join GRA on 
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West

The Sacramento Branch is pleased to present:

2018 David Keith Todd Distinguished Lecturer

Kirby Brill, P.E.
Former General Manager, Mojave Water Agency

"Building Bridges to a New World in Water Resource Management"

*Note: The June Sacramento Branch meeting will be held at Hilton Arden West in conjunction with GRA’s First Annual Groundwater Sustainability Agency Summit.   Branch members are invited to join the Summit reception at 5:15.  Summit attendance is encouraged but not required!



The world of water resource management is undergoing radical changes that will increasingly require new tools, skillsets and approaches due to challenges of population growth, climate change, and new regulations such as with SGMA -- these factors create more uncertainty but with uncertainty are opportunities to raise our game. This new world that we are facing in water resource management requires us to rethink past strategies and to invent new ones. Three fundamental areas necessary when developing a portfolio of water management actions are: (1) “science-based” evaluations; (2) “market-driven” policies; and (3) robust outreach with the local community. These fundamental cornerstones pave the way towards economic and water resources sustainability. Examples of approaches and methods for employing these three key cornerstones for success include: manage stakeholder expectations by providing clearly defined “rules” for credible water transactions and regulatory compliance; early outreach to allow glide paths towards “cultural” transition of resource management and ultimately sustainability; develop and maintain a strong underlying science platform to enable public trust and realistic valuations of the water as a resource and an asset; and the marketability of the groundwater production right so that groundwater users can maintain a certain nimbleness to meet their needs without depleting the resource, and in turn reducing risk of disputes. In this new world, today’s leaders will need to look ahead to the horizon for developing new leadership with fresh ideas to carry the ball forward for the next several decades. These new leaders must have a solid science-based platform with the ability to analyze complex systems and must be excellent communicators that will allow them to convert information into knowledge to share with the public and other decision-makers. In doing so, our new leaders must have inherent values enabling them to earn the trust of the communities they are operating in so that they can create partners in the collective pursuit of the resource management objectives. With these ambitious cornerstones and methods comes heavy investment of time and resources, with the return on investment being water sustainability through development of well-equipped future leaders with multi-disciplinary training and perspectives who can build bridges with technical, social, economic and political skills to find solutions embedded within the complex systems that are now part of our operating environment.


As Mojave Water Agency’s (MWA) former General Manager, Mr. Brill worked for over 16 years to develop and execute a diverse portfolio of strategies that now provides the foundation to meet the current and projected water supply needs of a rapidly growing population in San Bernardino County, California. Throughout his tenure at MWA, there was a complex array of challenges driven by ever changing local, regional, state and federally driven forces that drove the need for innovative and creative solutions. Mr. Brill began his career in private consulting and migrated to the public sector at Orange County Water District (OCWD) where he led efforts to maximize the District’s ability to capture available water for artificial recharge along the lower Santa Ana River, in Orange County California. Mr. Brill also led the development of a basin-wide groundwater monitoring program consisting of more than 50 deep multi-level monitoring wells and a data collection system with computerized reporting tools that now serve as the backbone for OCWD’s current groundwater basin management activities. Mr. Brill left OCWD to take on the challenge of cleaning up groundwater contamination in the San Gabriel Basin, the geographically largest Superfund site in the nation. While at the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority, Mr. Brill served as Assistant Executive Director and later as Executive Director and led efforts to bring local, state and federal stakeholders together to develop and support practical solutions which could be financed, constructed and operated using the collective capabilities and assets of the group. Mr. Brill holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, a minor in Geology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Mr. Brill is a registered Civil Engineer in California.


Sac Branch Sponsor 


With Wellntel, communities and agencies build groundwater-level monitoring networks that create real-time datasets for decision-making while engaging private well owners around the shared resource. 

Wellntel’s Groundwater Information System combines patented, next-generation acoustic measurement technology, remote telemetry, and a cloud computing platform to collect accurate and reliable groundwater-level measurements from a wide range of production and monitoring wells. Data are transmitted automatically and seamlessly to the cloud where network managers can view status, generate reports or download data for further analysis.  Participating private well owners have their own online dashboard to view their own water supply and trends, and to set alerts for levels or operational factors.  An optional API can feed custom-formatted data to databases or public-facing websites.

Whatever your current groundwater-level monitoring activities, Wellntel can complement and extend your network in ways not previously possible.  And because Wellntel systems take advantage of existing well and internet infrastructure, monitoring points can be added to your network quickly and very cost-effectively.


All Proceeds to Benefit Science Students

The GRA Sacramento Branch has a history of supporting university-level science students. Our Scholastic Sponsorship Program is an opportunity to publicize your business while contributing toward a good cause. The cost is minimal; if interested, please contact Linda Bond at (530) 757-1500 or


Social Hour - 5:15-6:30 p.m.
Announcements & Dinner - 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Presentation - 7:30-8:30 p.m.


Costs and menu are shown below.  GRA is unable to assure food and room for you without an RSVP.  Seating could be limited, please register early. Late registration will be limited and walk-in attendees may be turned away. Using GRA’s automated RSVP process is quick and painless!

A No-host beer and wine bar will be available

Members: $35.00
Non-Members: $40.00
Students: $5.00

  • Cancellations must be made by noon on Monday, June 4th.

If you have questions about the meeting, please telephone Rodney Fricke at 916-407-8539 or email him at  For questions about Sacramento Branch in general, including submittal of your ideas and/or desires for future presentations, please telephone Linda Bond at (530) 757-1500 or email her at


July 11th: Chris Bonds, Senior Engineering Geologist, California Department of Water Resources, State May Atom-Blast for Water: The Plowshare Program and DWR’s Connection 

August 8th: NGWA 2018 McEllhiney lecturer Todd Halihan, Ph.D, Professor of Geology, Oklahoma State University, Chief Technical Officer for Aestus LLC, The Future of Water: Data or Instincts?

September 12th: Glenn Meek, CA State Water Resources Control Board, Update on the Central Valley Salts Program



Wed, June 6, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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Hilton Arden West
2220 Harvard Street
Sacramento, CA 95815
The Hilton Sacramento Arden West hotel would like to welcome you to beautiful, historic Sacramento, California. Located near the McClellan Airfield and just a short drive off Business 80, our hotel has the best of Sacramento within reach. Situated down the street from Arden Fair Mall and the Cal Expo, ...

The Hilton Sacramento Arden West hotel would like to welcome you to beautiful, historic Sacramento, California. Located near the McClellan Airfield and just a short drive off Business 80, our hotel has the best of Sacramento within reach. Situated down the street from Arden Fair Mall and the Cal Expo, home to the California State Fair, our hotel will surpass all of your expectations with excellent service and a prime location. Choose between many varieties of renovated accommodations featuring guest rooms and suites, as well as an upgraded Executive Level, featuring added amenities and services like exclusive access to our Concierge Lounge. Our on-site restaurant, Harvard Street Grille is always cooking up something delicious, or guests can grab a drink at our Cameo Lounge.

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