06 January 2011

Discussion about California water issues?

MR asks:
Do you know of any public discussion processes that can engage and educate Californians on the state water issue? Any groups that are doing this?
To me, this is a complicated question, since there seems to be a few different levels of discussions going on:
  • Experts who talk among themselves.
  • Politicians and partisans who bicker with each other.
  • Citizens who are concerned but can't get information from the first group or sense out of the second group. They can turn to journalists, but there's little 2-way flow.
I try to make this blog useful to all three groups, but it's me leading the discussion most of the time, isn't it.

Any thoughts or ideas?

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  2. DZ and MR, I have a number of California NGOs listed on my blog page (if you don't mind a little shameless self-promotion) at http://goo.gl/XmPnn. It seems that WEF (the Water Education Foundation) is one of the more far-reaching and vocal of these groups.

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  3. Well put DZ, I've found many blogs pushing good info, but few good discussions going on regarding the issues.

    In my opinion, LinkedIn could be a great forum to engage water experts and interested citizens as the level of discussion seems to be more respectful and interesting than the average.

    Is there an Aquanomics Group on LinkedIn? I'd join.

    It seems to be slightly better at organizing discussions and updating group members, but still has a few idiots in the room to muck up the discussion (but far fewer than Yahoo!).

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  4. I appreciate you raising this question. I am one of those in the third category. I am also working on a local general plan update, specifically the water resources element, and am focusing on how local water policies interact and/or integrate with state and federal water policies. I do not want to mis-represent myself - I am not a public official but an interested member of the public who wants to better understand how my local water issues, as are being prioritized in our GPU, will ensure future environmental viability while also supporting "growth". Locating precise and un-biased (he he!) information would be a very welcome occurrence. Thanks.

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  5. +1 on the Water Education Foundation. Their tours are very informative, and they also have lots of balanced literature suitable for the general public. The professional water-weenies are as bad as the Army in the use of obscure acronyms, abbreviations for mathematical terms, and the like.

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  6. Feel free to have a look at this also as you might find this interesting:

    http://www.agricultureupdate.com/integrated-strategic-water-management/index.shtml

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