California's drought - what it means, why it matters, what we can do about it

APA California Chapter, Orange Section


Wednesday, April 23, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. PDT

Newport Beach, CA, United States

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Drought is a recurring reality in California. A growing population, increasing water demands in many sectors as well as regions of the State, the strong possibility of climate change, and vulnerabilities in the systems that provide us with water (e.g., seismic disruption) exacerbate its threat. What’s needed in response are creative, adaptive, and environmentally-benign alternatives that can gradually transform our supply systems’ ability to provide a dependable, safe, and most of all, resilient water supply for the State’s needs. Moreover, government action is not enough to facilitate bold action. Californians have to adopt new attitudes toward water stewardship. This presentation will illuminate how the governance of freshwater constitutes a political, social, economic, and environmental – as well as technical – challenge to policymakers. The training will enable planners to understand and analyze water problems and think creatively about possible solutions. Dr. Feldman will provide an overview of the many policy innovations being introduced in Southern California, including integrated water resource management, aggressive water conservation, innovative pricing systems, reclaiming of waste-water and storm water, and desalination. The training will also discuss challenges to innovative water policy such as technical efficacy, economic cost, public acceptability and urban design.