Tuesday, February 9

"Facing Scarcity: The Water Crisis in California"

A discussion with

Richard Luthy, PhD

Silas H. Palmer Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Stanford University

Tuesday February 9, 2010
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Water is arguably California’s most precious resource.  Our supply is renewable but highly variable.  Our demand outstrips supply such that we cannot meet the competing needs of households, farms and industry while maintaining a healthy ecosystem.  We also face serious environmental and economic tradeoffs as we look to meet future water needs in our rapidly growing state. 

At the February Café, Stanford Professor Richard Luthy will host a wide ranging discussion on the various facets of California’s water crisis, including:

  • Potential solutions
  • Supply sources and constraints
  • Allocation choices (farmers vs. cities vs. the environment)
  • Water pollution, remediation and reclamation

As part of this event, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7GHL597.  Your feedback and ideas will be incorporated into the discussion.

For more information, please see these links:

  • Recommended – “State of Thirst: California's Water Future” (from KQED QUEST)
  • “California: Running Dry” (from 60 Minutes on CBS)
  • “Crucial California Delta Faces a Salty Future” (from NPR, with audio at the link)
  • “Of Farms, Folks and Fish” (from The Economist)

Richard G. Luthy is the Silas H. Palmer Professor and former Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.  His area of teaching and research is environmental engineering and water quality with application to persistent and emerging contaminants, water reuse, and management of contaminated sediments.  He is a past chair of the National Research Council's Water Science and Technology Board, and a former President of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.