Join us for our July General Meeting! Our featured speaker will be Teresa Penunuri of the San Diego Water Authority.
The Water Authority is an independent public agency that serves as San Diego County’s regional water wholesaler. It is not part of either the city or county of San Diego governments. The mission of the San Diego County Water Authority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of water to its 24 member agencies serving the San Diego region’s $220 billion economy and its 3.3 million residents.
Today, up to 80 percent of our region’s water is imported from the Colorado River and Northern California. Since 2003, the Water Authority has received a growing percentage of its water supply from its long-term water conservation and transfer agreement with the Imperial Irrigation District and conserved water from projects that lined portions of the All-American and Coachella canals in Imperial Valley. The remaining water comes from local supply sources including groundwater, local surface water, recycled water, and conservation.
An eye-opening account of where our water comes from and where it all goes.
The Colorado River is an essential resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone. David Owen traces all that water from the Colorado’s headwaters to its parched terminus, once a verdant wetland but now a million-acre desert. He takes readers on an adventure downriver, along a labyrinth of waterways, reservoirs, power plants, farms, fracking sites, ghost towns, and RV parks, to the spot near the U.S.–Mexico border where the river runs dry.
Water problems in the western United States can seem tantalizingly easy to solve: just turn off the fountains at the Bellagio, stop selling hay to China, ban golf, cut down the almond trees, and kill all the lawyers. But a closer look reveals a vast man-made ecosystem that is far more complex and more interesting than the headlines let on.
The story Owen tells in Where the Water Goes is crucial to our future: how a patchwork of engineering marvels, byzantine legal agreements, aging infrastructure, and neighborly cooperation enables life to flourish in the desert —and the disastrous consequences we face when any part of this tenuous system fails.
Our meetings are CHILD FRIENDLY- we will have toys, coloring books, snacks, etc. in a “kid space” at the rear of the meeting hall.
July 28, 2019
4:00PM – 5:30PM
Point Loma Assembly
3035 Talbot St
San DIego, CA 92106
Directions and parking information
Members are encouraged to get together from 3:30PM before the meeting starts, please bring whatever light drinks/snacks that you’d like to share.
After the meeting ends we suggest adjourning to the Point Break Cafe at 2743 Shelter Island Dr to continue our progressive conversation. Happy Hour is until 6:30pm.