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Brown Bag Seminar:
Webinar: Managing California's Water: From Conflict to Reconciliation
Natural Resources Subsection of the State Bar Association's Real Property Section
This winter’s rains have not washed away the conflicts jeopardizing the water supply security that California’s struggling economy and ecology desperately need. Much of California still faces a long-term water shortage impairing economic and ecological recovery. The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) blames five factors for driving California’s water management into a dysfunctional impasse threatening catastrophic harm to the state’s people and environment. To avert disaster for cities, farms and fish, the PPIC proposes the creation of a statewide Independent System Operator to manage water supply as a public commodity, akin to electric power, and proposes a broad programmatic approach to facilitating water transfers throughout the state. Those measures and others are part of the PPIC’s bold prescription for specific water supply and ecological management changes to help reconcile the interests of all the stakeholders that compete for California’s most vital natural resource: Water.
Event participants will learn about PPIC’s solution approach, which appears in a 400-page publication released just as the new Brown Administration takes over the reins of state water and environmental policy. Event participants will learn about highlights of the new publication, including how we arrived at the current water management impasse, how PPIC’s reform proposals would seek to break that impasse, and how those reforms may affect farmers and other landowners, cities, environmental interests and others across the state.
Eric N. Robinson, Moderator, Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard
Ellen Hanak, Public Policy Institute of California
To sign up for the webinar, please visit the State Bar's website
To sign up to attend in person, please email Kristy Garza