APA California, Central Section


Wednesday, April 27, 2016
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. PDT

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8:00-8:30              Setup, Coffee and Networking (virtual participants log in at 8:30)

8:30-9:00              Welcome & Introductions, Logistics, Participant Goals and Expectations

WU Event Coordination Team Members

9:00-10:30           PANEL PRESENTATION:

California Water Action Plan – Alignment for Sustainable Water Management

Darren Suen, CA DWR

Strategic Planning and Partnerships – A Federal Perspective

Felix Yeung, USACE

Collaborating for Optimization

Hicham ElTal, Merced Irrigation District

10:30-10:45         BREAK

10:45-11:45         Watershed Planning and YOU!

Rhiannon Kucharski, USACE

11:45-1:00           LUNCH

1:00-1:55              Flood Insurance Frenzy Amidst Legislative Reform

Edie Lohmann, FEMA

2:00-3:00              Integrated Water Management Round Table

Moderators: Hunter Merritt, USACE & Marco Bell, Merced Irrigation District

3:00-3:15              BREAK

3:15-4:15              Flood Follows Fire: Post-fire Assessment and Response in the Watershed

Jeff TenPas, U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region

4:15-4:30              Group Closing & Agenda for Day 2


Darren Suen

Confirmed Speaker

Darren is a registered civil engineer currently serving as the Flood Strategic Communications Lead and serves a critical role within the Department to think strategically about conveying the value of the Flood Management Division programs to internal and external stakeholders. He also possesses strong communication skills and promotes a collaborative ... Read More

Hicham ElTal

Confirmed Speaker

Hicham ElTal is the Deputy General Manager of the Merced Irrigation District, with a focus on water supply and water rights. He is also a member of the Merced Streams Group, headed by Merced County. heltal@mercedid.org Read More

Rhiannon Kucharski

Confirmed Speaker

Rhiannon Kucharski is Chief of the Watershed Assessment and Ecosystem Restoration planning section at the Sacramento District (SPK) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Rhiannon started her career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2009 as a Water Resources Planner for the Los Angeles District ... Read More

Edie Lohmann

Confirmed Speaker

Edie Lohmann is the FEMA Region IX National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Insurance Specialist. She has enjoyed working for the NFIP for 23 years in various capacities. As the NFIP Insurance Specialist, Edie acts as the Regions subject matter expert on flood insurance issues, and provides technical expertise to internal ... Read More

Felix Yeung

Confirmed Speaker

Felix Yeung is a Program Manager for Strategic Planning and Alignment in the Sacramento District, responsible for aligning the District's water resources management strategies with other federal, state, and local partners. Prior to joining the Army Corps, he worked for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in Washington, D.C ... Read More