Experts (including the subject of a recent Weekly cover story) gather at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach this afternoon to look at the California drought and possible ways to reduce water demand in our thirsty state.
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"How long is California's drought likely to persist?" "Could it be the new normal?" "What actions can be taken now to reduce water demand while long-term solutions are being sought?" and "Who needs to take the lead on these actions?" are among the questions that are hoped to be answered at the gathering presented by the aquarium and the Long Beach Water Department.
Participants include: Jerry Schubel, president and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific; John Bishop, chief deputy director, California State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water; James Famiglietti, senior water cycle scientist, NASA JPL; Madelyn Glickfeld, director, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability Water Resources Group; Mark Jackson, meteorologist, National Weather Service; Jayme Laber, senior service hydrologist, NOAA National Weather Service; Dave Meko, research professor, University of Arizona Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research; Bill Patzert, climatologist, NASA JPL; Steve Richie, San Francisco Water Power AGM Water Enterprise; Harry Saltzgaver, commissioner, Long Beach Water Board; and Kevin Wattier, general manager, Long Beach Water Department.
The hour-long event begins at 1 p.m. in the aquarium's Ocean Science Center at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach.