Buzz Thompson Speaks to Policymakers in Washington, DC

December 01, 2015 | Water in the West | Insights

In December, Stanford Woods Institute Co-Director and Senior Fellow Buzz Thompson went to Washington, DC to speak to policymakers about water management and the California drought. 

On December 1st, Thompson spoke at the Congress On Sustaining Western Water where water experts from across the nation assessed the challenges of managing scarce water resources within the economic and regulatory framework of the western states. In his presentation, Thompson discussed how law influences water ownership, management and regulation in the West. 

On December 2nd, Thompson served as a panelist with other drought experts and presented on innovation in the water sector for a congressional audience at the US Capitol Visitors Center. The panel, which focused on California water policy and drought, was moderated by Mark Kramer, Federal External Affairs at The Nature Conservancy, and also included Letty Belin, Senior Counselor to the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of the Interior; Ellen Hanak, Director of the PPIC Water Policy Center; and Doug Parker, Director of the University of California’s California Institute for Water Resources. The event was attended by nearly 50 hill staff, federal agency and NGO representatives.