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Public Open Day at UC Riverside Will Mark International Water Day 2011

Public Open Day at UC Riverside Will Mark International Water Day 2011

Daylong event on March 29 includes presentations and films highlighting California’s urban water challenges and solutions

(March 24, 2011)

International Water Day 2011 focuses on

International Water Day 2011 focuses on "Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge."

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – To mark International Water Day 2011, the University of California, Riverside’s Water Science and Policy Center, Orbach Science Library and Water Resources Collections and Archives are hosting a public open day on March 29. The event aims to raise awareness about California’s urban water challenges and the measures being considered to manage them.

Titled “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge,” the open day will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Orbach Science Library.

The event also will serve as an opportunity for the public to get acquainted with the new Water Resources Collections and Archives that UC Riverside and Cal State San Bernardino recently acquired.

The agenda for the day includes presentations on the state’s urban water challenge, in Room 240, by local water agencies, including the Eastern Municipal Water District and Western Municipal Water District, and the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority. Participants will learn about river basin management, urban and agricultural supply and treatment, and water recycling.

Also included in the day’s agenda are the films “Cadillac Desert” and Huell Howser’s “California's Water,” which will be screened in Room 122. There also will be displays related to International Water Day on the first floor of the library.

“The topic of this year’s International Water Day is the core of the water problem in Southern California,” said Ariel Dinar, the director of the Water Science and Policy Center. “Recognizing the challenges and being aware of how they are being addressed by water agencies will make a difference in our appreciation of the state’s water problems.”

Schedule of Events

Presentations, Room 240:

10 a.m. – John Rossi, general manager, Western Municipal Water District
12 p.m. – Linda Vida, director, Water Resources Collections and Archives
12:30 p.m. – Jeff Beehler, program manager, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
2 p.m. – April Blakey, public affairs officer; Elizabeth Lovsted, senior civil engineer, Eastern Municipal Water District

Films, Room 122:

(1) “Cadillac Desert”
9 a.m. Part 1
11 a.m. Part 2
1 p.m. Part 3
3 p.m. Part 4

(2) Huell Howser’s series “California’s Water”
Episodes will be shown at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information about the open day, click here. Pay-by-space parking is available in Visitors Lot 10 on East Campus Drive at the rate of $2 per hour, with a maximum parking time of two hours.

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