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Aquifer at Risk: Forum to focus on managing groundwater during drought

January 22nd, 2014 | by Ian James | Comments
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A pond fed by a well at the Shadow Mountain Golf Club in Palm Desert is used to irrigate the golf course. Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun

Heavy pumping from wells has led to long-term declines in the Coachella Valley’s aquifer, and water agencies are trying to address the problem while also facing a drought that is expected to reduce deliveries of imported water.

The Desert Sun, following up on a series of articles documenting groundwater depletion in the Coachella Valley, will be hosting the third in a series of community forums on Monday to encourage discussion of water issues. Panelists will include leaders of the area’s public water agencies and a UC Irvine water expert.

The forum at 6 p.m. at the Rancho Mirage Public Library will focus on groundwater and how it’s managed. Questions that will be addressed include: What steps are public water agencies taking to manage groundwater supplies? And what can be done differently to prevent future declines in groundwater levels?

Water Forum: Managing groundwater during drought
Monday, Jan. 27, 6 p.m.
Rancho Mirage Public Library
71-100 Hwy 111
Rancho Mirage
Admission: Free

Panelists:
Craig Ewing, president, Desert Water Agency Board of Directors
Jay Famiglietti, director, UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling, UC Irvine
John Powell, Jr., president, Coachella Valley Water District Board of Directors
Arden Wallum, general manager, Mission Springs Water District
Ian James, environment reporter, The Desert Sun

Moderator: Greg Burton, executive editor, The Desert Sun

Read the recent series Aquifer at Risk: www.mydesert.com/aquifer

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