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Managing California's Water

From Conflict to Reconciliation - Jay Lund, Ph.D, Center for Watershed Sciences, UC Davis
Jan 19, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-800)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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California’s water system is going through many changes brought about by growing environmental problems, growing population with diversifying demands, declining state and federal funding and activity, changing climate, and deteriorating infrastructure.  This situation is leading to increasing conflicts and deteriorating performance for environmental, economic, and social objectives.  This presentation summarizes the results of a broad multi-disciplinary examination of the past, present, and future of California’s water problems and promising solutions for the future.  Changes in state, local, and federal activities are recommended to adapt more effectively to ongoing and future changes.

Jay R. Lund is Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences and Ray B. Krone Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of California - Davis.  He has served as President of the Universities Council on Water Resources, on Advisory Committees for the 1998 and 2005 California Water Plans, as Convenor of the California Water and Environment Modeling Forum, and Editor of the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management.  He is a member of the International Water Academy and has won awards for water-related research and service from the American Society of Civil Engineers.  He is the principal developer of the CALVIN economic-engineering optimization model of California’s inter-tied water supply system, applied to explore water markets, conjunctive use, integrated water management, climate change, and environmental restoration.  He also has had a major role in policy analysis and science for California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and California water policy in general, and has engaged in many other applications of systems analysis around the world.  His principal specialties are optimization and management of large-scale water and environmental systems, the application of economic ideas and methods, reservoir operation theory, and water demand theory and methods.  He is author or co-author of over 250 publications and obviously has a short attention span.


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