Speaking Event: Parched California

When & Where
The Commonwealth Club of California - San Francisco
595 Market Street 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
November 14, 2013 - 6:00pm
415 597 6700


Heather Cooley, Water Program Co-director, The Pacific Institute
Deven Upadhyay, Manager, Water Resource Management Group, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Lester Snow, Executive Director, California Water Foundation (invited)
Bob Wilkinson, Adjunct Associate Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara

At the end of spring, before dry season was even set to start, record-breaking wildfires raged in Southern California. In August, the Rim fire grew larger than the city of Chicago and threatened San Francisco’s electricity and water supplies. This parched state is affecting everyone, whether fires reach their doorsteps or not.

Meanwhile, the declining Sierra snowpack and erratic rain patterns raise serious questions about slaking the thirst of California's growing population. Solutions include improved water efficiency, new methods of rainwater capture and storage, and even controversial measures such as toilet-to-tap and desalination. Balancing urban, rural, residential and commercial claims on water could be a new flashpoint in the state’s legendary water wars. During a climate shift that will only worsen summer dry conditions, how can Californians prepare for the future?

Join us for a discussion on California’s statewide water outlook in an era of climate disruption.

Cost: $20 non-members, $12 members, $7 students