DIVING INTO THE GOVERNOR’S PLAN TO SOLVE OUR WATER CRISIS
C-3’s February 27 Breakfast Dialogue Explores the Governor’s Bay Delta Plan
(SAN DIEGO) January 30, 2014 – Decisions are being made now that will affect San Diego’s water future for decades to come. Many of those decisions center on the fate of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, a fragile estuary that provides about a third of our region’s water and is critical to maintaining our economic well-being and quality of life.
Citizen’s Coordinate for Century 3’s (C-3) next Breakfast Dialogue, Thursday, Feb. 27,
7 a.m., presents an important opportunity to be involved in policy making regarding the Delta. A panel of experts, including Dennis Cushman, assistant general manager of San Diego County Water Authority, and Andrew Poat, consultant to California Resources Agency, will participate.
Tens of millions of Californians rely on the Delta – about 500 miles from San Diego – as a unique environmental habitat, recreational resource, agricultural economy and vital source of water. Governor Brown has proposed plans to address 150 years of uncoordinated actions that have altered water courses and natural habitats, while undermining water reliability for Southern California.
C-3’s new board member, Cary Lowe, will moderate the panel discussion which will explore a number of pressing questions, including how much water the proposals would make available locally, and how much ratepayers will have to pay to assure that Southern California has an adequate supply of water now and in the future.
Lowe holds a Ph.D. in urban planning and was chair of the San Diego City Council’s Water Policy Implementation Task Force. He is a land use lawyer with over 40 years of experience in a broad range of cases involving land use and environmental issues and is a credentialed mediator with the Land Use & Environmental Mediation Group of the National Conflict Resolution Center.
Cushman leads the Water Authority’s externally focused water policy initiatives and programs designed to diversify and improve the reliability of the region’s water supply. He also directs the legislative advocacy programs of the Water Authority in Sacramento, Calif., and Washington, D.C.
With over thirty years of experience in public policy, economic development and government, Poat works as a consultant, appearing on behalf of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan Outreach team in support of the Resources Agency of the State of California.
The event is open to the public and will be held at downtown's Wyndham Hotel, 1355 N. Harbor Drive. For reservations, visit www.c3sandiego.orgor call 858-277-0900.
Founded in 1961, C-3’s mission is to advocate, educate and navigate solutions for maintaining high standards of environmental quality, physical design, economic benefit and social progress. C-3 accomplishes this by being a conduit for information, a facilitator for civic dialogue and a source for reasoned opinions.
Contact: Jean Walcher, J. Walcher Communications