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Aquifer at Risk: Forums to focus on water

November 25th, 2013 | by Ian James | Comments

Heavy pumping from wells has led to significant declines in groundwater levels in the Coachella Valley, even as water agencies have piped large quantities of imported water to the desert. What can be done to prevent future declines in the water supply and safeguard the aquifer?

The Desert Sun, following up on a series of articles documenting groundwater depletion in the Coachella Valley, will be hosting a series of community forums in the coming weeks to encourage dialogue about the area’s water problems and potential solutions.

The panel discussions will feature participants with ideas to share about water, how we use it and how it can be better managed.

Follow along as we live-tweet throughout the forum, and join in the conversation using the hashtag #CVwater.



Each forum will have a theme, with subjects ranging from water policy-making to contaminants in drinking water.

The first forum, focusing on water conservation, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Palm Springs. The dates and locations of future water forums will be announced in the coming weeks.

Here are the details about the first forum of the series:

Reducing Your Water Footprint

What can you do to conserve water in your home and garden? A free-ranging discussion about water use in the desert and how water can be used more wisely.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m.
Mizell Senior Center
480 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs
Admission: Free

Moderator:
Ian James, environment reporter, The Desert Sun

Panelists:
Victor Yepello, commissioner, Palm Springs Sustainability Commission and Moderator, Palm Springs Neighborhoods Group
Robin Kobaly, president and co-founder of The Power of Plants, executive director of The SummerTree Institute
Maureen Gilmer, landscape architectural designer, horticulturist and author

The Desert Sun is hosting this forum in conjunction with the Palm Springs Neighborhoods Group.

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