Senate policy hearing to review innovative ways to harness stormwater and help solve California’s drought and reduce water costs

Hearing by Sen. Bob Hertzberg to begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25

February 20, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Stakeholders in the management of stormwater and urban runoff will consider emerging approaches to paying for stormwater projects during a public hearing in Sacramento convened by Sens. Bob Hertzberg and Fran Pavley on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, beginning at 2 p.m.

Joining Sen. Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, and Sen. Pavley, chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water, will be several stormwater policy experts. 

  • WHO: Sens. Robert M. Hertzberg and Fran Pavley; and witnesses, including Dr. Ellen Hanak of the Public Policy Institute of California, who will discuss statewide challenges in funding stormwater projects; Chris Berch of the Inland Empire Utility Agency, who will provide local perspective on stormwater financing challenges; Martin L. Adams of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, who will discuss LADWP’s development of a stormwater master plan; Dr. Nancy L.C. Steele of the Council for Watershed Health, who will convey lessons learned from an innovative stormwater management pilot project; Deborah Weinstein Bloome, of TreePeople, who will discuss ways to identify stormwater management best practices; Andrea Roess, of David Taussig & Associates, who will discuss emerging approaches to stormwater financing; Esther Feldman, of Community Conservation Solutions, who will discuss the identification of public lands to capture and re-use stormwater; Celeste Cantú, who will discuss how to overcome obstacles posed by the mismatch between watershed boundaries and government boundaries; and Gary Hildebrand, Deputy Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, who will discuss LA County’s innovative stormwater management efforts.
  • WHAT: A hearing on innovative approaches to stormwater financing. 
  • WHEN: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015.
  • WHERE: State Capitol Building, Room 3191, Sacramento, CA  95814.
  • WHY: To improve water quality and supply by identifying innovative planning and funding strategies for managing stormwater and urban runoff.   

SPECIAL NOTE: This hearing is open for the public to attend and is viewable via livestream on the Senate homepage. To view live, go to and click on ‘Livestreams’ at the top left corner of the page. In addition, this same California Senate Web site now includes information on oversight, including a list of upcoming hearings and an archive of past hearing videos, agendas and reports. 

For more, including recent media coverage on this hearing, visit Hertzberg’s Web site at the address below.

Bob Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, represents nearly 1 million San Fernando Valley residents of Senate District 18, which includes part of Burbank and the following communities in Los Angeles: Arleta, Granada Hills, Hansen Dam, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, part of Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, part of Sun Valley, Sylmar, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, the City of San Fernando and Universal City. See a district map HERE or at  After serving in the Assembly from 1996-2002, including two years as Speaker, Hertzberg built an international renewable energy business; invested in solar, wind and electric-car projects; and worked for structural changes in government through two civic groups: California Forward and the Think Long Committee of California. More HERE or


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