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Aquifer at Risk: Water forum to focus on golf courses, agriculture

December 5th, 2013 | by Ian James | Comments

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Golf courses and farms are big water users in the Coachella Valley. What steps are they taking to conserve water? And how can golf courses and farms lessen their water footprints in the future to help prevent declines in groundwater levels?

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The Desert Sun, following up on a series of articles documenting groundwater depletion in the Coachella Valley, is hosting a series of community forums to encourage dialogue about the area’s water problems and potential solutions. The panel discussions feature participants with ideas to share about how water is used and how it can be better managed.

The second forum of the series, focusing on golf courses and agriculture, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Indio.  Here are details about the event:

Golf Courses and Farms: Paths to Reducing Water Use

What can golf courses and farms do to reduce their use of groundwater? A discussion with local experts and representatives of golf courses and farms.

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m.
Indio Senior Center
45-700 Aladdin St, Indio
Admission: Free

Panelists:

Larry Bohannan, golf writer, The Desert Sun
Rick Bradford, farmer, owner Rick Bradford Ranches
Stu Rowland, director of golf course operations, Rancho La Quinta Country Club, president of the Hi-Lo Golf Course Superintendents Association
Patti Reyes, manager of planning and special programs, Coachella Valley Water District
Rick Sall, golf course superintendent, Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells
Joan Taylor, conservation chair, Tahquitz Group of the Sierra Club
Ellen Way, co-president, California Women for Agriculture

Moderator: Ian James, environment reporter, The Desert Sun

The Desert Sun is hosting this forum in conjunction with the city of Indio.

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