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Stakeholder group workshop schedule and details

Workshop Logistics

The Stakeholder Group workshops are available by invitation only to the stakeholder group delegates. The City is committed to the safety and health of our community across all aspects of our stakeholder engagement experience. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and modify the schedule below to assure your safety and continued opportunity to provide meaningful input into Santa Barbara’s future water supply. This includes moving some workshops to webinar format and using virtual meeting technology where necessary.

If you have any questions about the group, or upcoming workshops, please contact Tiffany Meyer, Water Systems Consulting at 503-880-5308 or tmeyer@wsc-inc.com.


Workshop Schedule and Details

The workshops below are available for the Stakeholder Group only. All virtual presentations will be recorded and published for public view. Discussions will be summarized and published for public view and distributed to the Water Commission and City Council to inform project decisions.

 

Workshop #1: Water Supply Planning 101 — Live Webinar

May 14, 2020 • 6pm-7:30pm

Offered through Go to Webinar

In this educational webinar we will help the group build a shared understanding of water supply planning basics, providing a great foundation for the rest of our work together. Presenters will describe what sources and conservation measures contribute to Santa Barbara’s current water supply, including details about the unique challenges, opportunities, costs and benefits of each water source. We will also share information about the evolving water supply challenges the City faces. We will give an overview of the 5-step process the City will use to recommend a future supply that reflects the needs and values of our community—including the role the Stakeholder Group will play, and how your input will be shared with the Water Commission and City Council to inform the final decision.

 

 

  

Workshop #2: Community Values and Needs

May 28, 2020 • 6pm-8pm • Using Zoom Meeting (workshop details will be emailed to delegates directly)

In this interactive and educational workshop, our primary focus will be to document your organization and constituency’s top issues, concerns, challenges and values as it pertains to things like water security, affordability, quality, environmental health and resilience, among other topics. To set the stage for this discussion, the team will share the project’s purpose, objectives, how the City will evaluate success and the future supply options the City is considering, including an opportunity for stakeholders to provide their perspective on the impact and/or benefits of each supply. Following the workshop, the project team will document your input into a “perception map” that will be shared with the Water Commission and City Council to inform their decision making.

Workshop #3: Future Supply Considerations

June 18, 2020 • 6pm-8pm • Using Zoom Meeting (workshop details will be emailed to delegates directly)

In this interactive and educational workshop, the project team will summarize their technical evaluation of the City’s existing water portfolio, giving a full picture of the risks, costs, benefits and gaps between the City’s current water portfolio and its future water demand. We will also share some of the options the City is considering to mitigate the known gaps between supply and future demand. From here, we will use an interactive exercise to continue to gather your perceptions of what is most important to your constituents—this information will be added to the perception map started earlier and shared with the Water Commission and City Council to inform their decision making.  

 

Workshop #4: Review of Future Portfolio Options

September 17, 2020 • 6pm-8pm

LOCATION: TBD

ARRIVAL: Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to sign in, enjoy refreshments, get your nametag, and find your seat. Street parking is available near the school.

FOOD/DRINK: We will provide a light box dinner and beverages at all workshops and will work with the group to accommodate food sensitivities and allergies. Outside food/drinks are also welcome. Please bring reusable containers and/or cups.

WHAT TO EXPECT: In this interactive and educational workshop, we will describe the technical process the project team used to develop several options for the City’s future water portfolio. We will demonstrate how the input from stakeholders was used to develop the options and demonstrate the results of the rigorous sensitivity and scenario testing the team put each portfolio through. We will then use an interactive exercise to gather your perceptions of the top impacts and/or benefits of each portfolio option on your constituents. Our goal is to surface any unforeseen impacts and/or inequities so they can be taken into account in developing the final recommended portfolio. This information will be summarized and shared with the Water Commission and City Council to inform their final decision.  

 

Workshop #5: Preview of Recommended Portfolio

December 3, 2020 • 6pm-8pm

LOCATION: TBD

ARRIVAL: Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to sign in, enjoy refreshments, get your nametag, and find your seat. Street parking is available near the school.

FOOD/DRINK: We will provide a light box dinner and beverages at all workshops and will work with the group to accommodate food sensitivities and allergies. Outside food/drinks are also welcome. Please bring reusable containers and/or cups.

WHAT TO EXPECT: In our final workshop, we will present the recommended future portfolio and the City’s adaptive management plan—their roadmap for keeping the portfolio adaptable to the community’s evolving needs. We will look at a variety of future scenarios and stressors (such as climate change, extended drought, population growth, natural disaster, etc.) to show how the recommended portfolio will perform. Next, we will facilitate an open conversation to give voice to any remaining questions or concerns regarding the recommended portfolio. This information will be summarized and shared with the Water Commission and City Council.  

 

Last Updated: May 20, 2020
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