Ken Weinberg serves as director of Water Resources for the San Diego County Water Authority and is responsible for long-term water supply and facilities planning and water resources management, including the short-term and long-range water demand forecasting and the development of local supply projects. This video, part two of three, documents his January 25, 2014 address to the San Diego Incubator for Innovation. In this sequence he outlines how the San Diego County Water Authority imports water from two main sources: the California water project and the Colorado River. He discusses issues that are involved with the "Delta" of the California Water Project. He notes that San Diego County is sharing Colorado River water with seven states and Mexico. The San Diego County Water Authority believes it must diversify it water sources . He acknowledges the current and potential impacts of climatic change. He points out that water demands are still increasing with a growing economy and population. He outlines strategies to provide continued water supply reliability: conservation, recycled water, desalinated supplies and infrastructure improvements.
Ken Weinberg was the third of six expert presenters who addressed a full house Saturday morning, January 25, 2014 in the Natural History Museum's Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater, Balboa Park, San Diego. The goal was to . The goal was to provide a framework for thinking about the complexity of water issues.
More on Ken Weinberg: Most recently, Weinberg successfully led the Water Authority's years long effort to develop and approve a Water Purchase Agreement for the Carlsbad Desalination Project and the planning of Water Authority conveyance facilities required to accept and distribute this new supply. He oversees the periodic update of the Water Authority’s Regional Urban Water Management Plan and the Regional Water Facilities Master Plan as well as implementing the Water Authority's Water Shortage and Drought Management Plan. He is also responsible for environmental compliance activities and resource agency permits for Water Authority capital projects and ensuring the Water Authority’s projects comply with California and federal environmental regulations. In addition, Weinberg manages the Water Authority’s efforts along with the city of San Diego and the county of San Diego on the development and management of the San Diego Integrated Regional Water Management program (IRWM) and related IRWM grants program. He is also co-chair of the San Diego IRWM Regional Advisory Committee, which evaluates and recommends applications for state bond funding and approves updates to the regional IRWM Plan. Weinberg has been with the Water Authority since 1991 and previous to that worked for the city of San Diego conducting long term facility planning. He earned his Bachelors of Science from State University of New York College at Buffalo and his Masters of Public Administration from San Diego State University.
Video and editing by Anders Tomlinson. Audio recording by Denver Clay.