Portioning California's Water for Farms, Fish, and Families

What food professionals, chefs, restaurateurs, and consumers should know about urgent water issues in California
Oct 1, 2010 11:00 AM ET

(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) Berkeley, California - October 1, 2010 - How has California reached the brink of a water crisis? Is agriculture, which uses around 80% of California’s developed water supply, at fault or at risk or both? Can we close the gap between growing demand and shrinking supply through conservation measures? Where is water a public resource and where is it private? These are some of the topics on the table at a special water forum scheduled for October 4, 2010. The public is invited to attend. The forum begins with a wine and cheese reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a moderated panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Suite 320, Berkeley, CA 94704.

Admission is $20 per person; $10 for students with valid student ID.

Tickets are available through EventBrite or at the door.

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The event is sponsored by local culinary, farming, and sustainability organizations, including the San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, the San Francisco Professional Food Society (SFPFS), the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), and Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE).   A panel of experts will tackle critical issues of water policy in California, such as, how has California reached the brink of a water crisis? What are the most critical water issues? What are the best solutions? How are decisions about water use made, and how can they be influenced? How can food professionals and the public stay informed, and what can they do?   The panel’s moderator is Tina Cannon Leahy, Principal Consultant, California Assembly, Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. Panelists are: Laura King Moon, Assistant General Manager, State Water Contractors; Campbell Ingram, Program Manager, California Water Program, The Nature Conservancy; Barry Epstein, Partner, Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley LLC; Brian Leahy, Assistant Director, Division of Land Resource Protection, California Department of Conservation; and Tim Ramirez, Natural Resources Division Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.   For information, press passes, or interviews, please contact Sibella Kraus, SAGE, 510-526-1793 x3, sibella@sagecenter.org