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On World Water Day, learn how Los Angeles can support a growing population's water needs in the future.

Today, an unreliable water supply exacerbates an already critical water crisis. California's population increased by over 10 million people between 1980 and 2000 and is expected to add another 14 million by 2030. Approximately a quarter of that population lives in Los Angeles County where citizens live in a semi-arid climate and depend heavily on imported water whose supply is unreliable. Despite this variability, over 85% of Los Angeles County's water supply is imported; the rest is made up of limited groundwater resources and minimal recycling. Due to increases in demand at an unsustainable rate, Los Angeles was rated the city with the greatest chance of running out of water in a 2010 environmental report by 24/7 Wall Street and sustainability group Ceres.

This pressing need for diverse water supplies has led to solutions such as increased storm water capture, water recycling, conservation and desalination. With proper utilization, by 2035, these sources could account for nearly half of the water supply for the region. The Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2012, on the California ballot in November, would borrow $11.4 billion in bonds to upgrade California’s water system including water storage, water recycling facilities, levees and ecosystem restoration if approved by voters.

Town Hall Los Angeles, in partnership with California Water Environmental Association, Los Angeles Basin Section (CWEA-LABS), presents "Dry Winter? Where Will Our Water Come From?" a panel discussion on the diversification of future water supplies for the greater Los Angeles Basin.

Registered attendees are invited to attend the full day's activities as well as the luncheon panel discussion.

Moderator
D. J. Waldie, author, historian, lecturer, and blogger - KCET SoCal Focus

Panelists
Tracy J. Egoscue, Founder, Egoscue Law Group
Mark Gold, D.Env, Associate Director and Adjunct Professor, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Brandon J. Goshi, Manager, Resource Analysis, Metropolitan Water District
Adel H. Hagekhalil, Assistant Director, City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation

7:30 am Morning Session Registration
8:00 am James Clark, Senior Vice President, Black & Veatch, "Augmenting Water Sources with Safe, Sustainable New Water"
8:40 am  Andy Lipkis, President, TreePeople
9:40 am James Yannotta, Asst. Director of Water Resources, LADWP, "LADWP Recycled Water Program"
10:20 am Mike Antos, Research Manager, Council for Watershed Health, "Think Globally, Drink Locally"
11:30 am Afternoon Registration and Box Lunch pickup
12:30 pm Panel Discussion begins
1:30 pm Program adjourns

PARKING
Underground parking available - $6.00 maximum

PRICE
Community Price (Town Hall Members, CWEA-LABS Members, and General Public) - $25

*Deadline for refunds is 2 business days prior to the event.

REGISTRATION FLYER: To download a registration form to send or fax back, click here.

March 22nd, 2012 7:30 AM   through   1:30 PM
LA Area Chamber of Commerce, Bank of America Room
350 S. Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
United States
Community Price $ 25.00

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