On Sunday, April 19th, the Carpinteria Valley Association and Carpinteria Beautiful will sponsor the Carpinteria Water Security Symposium, to be presented at the Plaza Playhouse Theater downtown at 3PM.
It is intended to be a Town Hall meeting about our community’s water security, both short term and long term. Unless you are Rip Van Winkle you know there’s an ongoing drought in our state and in the west in general. Is it just another extended drought in the long history of extended droughts in the West, or is this our “new-normal”? The Carpinteria Water Security Symposium intends to examine this issue in depth.
The event will begin with the screening of the documentary “EYES ON THE SKY”, a 50-minute look at the present and the future of fresh water in our western cities and farmland. Water is integral to every aspect of life, and the west’s complicated relationship to it is the film’s focus. Film maker Steve Nicolaides will introduce the film and lead the panel discussion afterward.
Panel members scheduled to appear are Charles Hamilton, General Manager, Carpinteria Valley Water District; Dr. Hugo Loaiciga, a preeminent hydrologist from the Department of Geology at UCSB, Art Ludwig, an international consultant on water and waste water systems, Ed van Wingerden, a local Carpinteria avocado grower and the world’s largest producer of hydroponically grown gerber daisies; and Kim Nielsen, a Carpinteria resident who has created a drought tolerant home and yard. They will discuss the primary topics of aquifer levels, what happens if our reservoirs fail, water conservation tips for homeowners and farmers, sharing what’s left, and urgent efforts to conserve.
There will be literature about water-saving tactics that individuals and groups can begin implementing immediately. The drought presents a very serious threat to the immediate future of our beautiful community. Please join us. We are all in this together.