EVENT: Sen. Dave Min will moderate UCI’s 2023 Water Policy Forum, a vital examination of Orange County water policies and management. Leading the discussion will be an expert panel featuring David Feldman, UCI professor of urban planning and public policy and director of Water UCI; Megan Yoo Schneider, board president of the Municipal Water District of Orange County; and Paul Cook, general manager of the Irvine Ranch Water District. The forum is an opportunity to learn about the world’s most precious and vulnerable resource.
WHEN/WHERE: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, University Advancement Events Space, 5141 California Ave., Suite 250, Irvine, CA 92617. Free parking is available in lots adjacent to the building (bldg. H, grid H3 on this campus map: https://parking.uci.edu/maps/documents/UCI-MainCampusMap-REV012320-23.pdf).
INFORMATION: Media planning to attend should contact Cara Capuano at 949-501-9192 or email@example.com. Attendance and parking are complimentary at this event. Register here: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/rsvp_main.php?district=SD37&rsvp=1173.
BACKGROUND: Water UCI is researching contaminants of emerging concern such as a group of chemicals known as PFAS, water diplomacy and disputes, and the security of virtual platforms water agencies are using to store and share data. According to a Water UCI survey, one of the biggest concerns that Californians have about the future of water, in the face of great demands and great uncertainties, is: How can we make sure we have a water supply that’s not only available but equitably and fairly managed? Researchers are exploring techniques such as desalination, conservation and rainwater harvesting.
“We’d like to help the state figure out how these innovations can be implemented [while] keeping in mind public acceptance and fairness,” Feldman said.
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