The Bay Area is enduring a parched summer, with profound implications for life and livelihoods.
The list of towns and water districts with water restrictions -- both mandatory and voluntary -- is growing rapidly. Officials worry about key reservoirs. Farmers are reeling from severe cuts in water supply, which could mean a half-million acres taken out of production. And firefighters are braced for a long and difficult wildfire season.
Dry times call for better approaches. How can we boost conservation? Are there long-term fixes, such as recycling or desalination projects? What's the health of our groundwater? Why are our rivers so overcommitted? Should water be bought and sold on the open market? And what are the prospects for yet another dry year?
Come hear expert panelists offer their perspectives, and ask questions.
This newspaper will host a free public forum, entitled "Dry Times: An in-depth discussion about Bay Area water issues," scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 17 at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The event is open to the public and aimed at informing the community about complex water issues. The discussion will be in the facility's Community Room.
Joining the discussion will be: Jim Fiedler, Santa Clara Valley Water District chief operating officer; Arthur R. Jensen, former chief executive officer of the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency; and San Jose Mercury News reporters Lisa Krieger, who covers science, medicine and water; and Paul Rogers, who covers the environment and science.
Space is limited, so to reserve your spot, please register at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/July17drought.
If you have any questions, please contact Martin G. Reynolds, Bay Area News Group senior editor for community engagement, at email@example.com or by calling 510-390-1779.