Low water levels expose a clean ring of rock at Millerton Lake, a reservoir in the Central Valley. | Photo: Dave Prasad/Flickr/Creative Commons License

This year is projected to be the driest year on record in California. Farmers, ranchers and municipalities are struggling with decreasing water supplies. Calif. Governor Jerry Brown has proposed a $687 million drought-related aid plan.

"Water Scarcity & Solutions: Global to Local" will be examined at an all-day conference on Saturday, March 1, at Garrison Hall (Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 241 E. Tenth St., Claremont), from 9 am to 5 pm. The event is free to attend and open to the public.

Peter Gleick, co-founder of the Pacific Institute and winner of a McArthur Fellowship for his work on water resources, will provide the keynote address, "A 21st-Century U.S. Water Policy," on the national water situation and what to do about it. His newest book, co-authored with others, A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy, has been called a "must-read for anyone interested in water policy issues." He is an academician of the International Water Academy, in Oslo, Norway, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. 

Sessions for the conference, which includes several Pomona professors, are:

Global Water Issues and Climate Change, 9:30 a.m.

  • "Enough for All? The Challenge of Ensuring Clean, Safe Water for a Thirsty World" - Heather Williams, Pomona College associate professor of politics and international relations;
  • "Implications of the Changing Climate for Future Water Use" - Branwen Williams, Claremont Colleges Joint Sciences assistant professor of environmental science; and
  • "Pollution, Energy Development and Water Resources: A Global 3-D Nexus of Concern" - Richard Hazlett, Pomona College professor of geology and environmental analysis.

The National Water Situation and What To Do about It, 10:30 a.m.

  • "A 21st-Century U.S. Water Policy" – Peter Gleick

A California Overview of Water, 1:45 p.m.

  • "Class, Hustle and Flow: California Water Politics" – Brinda Sarathy, Pitzer College associate professor of environmental analysis;
  • "The Elusive Quest for Water Reform in California" -­ Heather Williams, Pomona College associate professor of politics and international relations; and
  • "Water and the Law: Statewide and California Issues" - Henry Barbosa, attorney with the law firm Vera & Barbosa who served on the Metropolitan Water District Board 1995-2002 and as assistant general counsel reporting to the MWD Board 2002-2007.

Southern California Water – Looking for Solutions, 3:15 p.m.

  • "Watershed Commonwealths: A Future for Southern California?" – Char Miller, Pomona College W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and environmental historian;
  • "Southern California Efforts to Increase Self Reliance with Local Supplies and Water Conservation" – Richard Atwater, executive director of the Southern California Water Committee;
  • "Integrated Water Management Changing Paradigms to Address Today's Storm (Water) Challenges" – Richard Boon, chief of the Orange County Storm Water Program;
  • "Groundwater Remediation in the San Gabriel Basin – Progress and Problems" - Ken Manning, executive director of the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority;
  • "Our River, Our Story: Environmental Justice and Conservation in the Santa An River Watershed" – Megan Brousseau, program director of Inland Empire Waterkeepers.

The conference is presented by the American Institute for Progressive Democracy, and cosponsored by Pomona College, the Pitzer College Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability, Environmental Analysis of the Claremont Colleges, Scripps College and Three Valleys Municipal Water District.

For more information, visit http://www.taipdconference.com.

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