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Event Summary – “Our Water, Our Lifestyle – The Next Hundred Years…”

August 13, 2014 in 2014 | Comments (0)

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Southern California Planning Congress
Event Summary – May 2014

An Aqueduct Runs Through It:
A Series on the Future of
California’s Water Supply

In cooperation with the California Center for
Land and Water Stewardship, Cal Poly Pomona


Part 1 – Our Water, Our Lifestyle
The Next Hundred Years of
the Los Angeles Aqueduct



Barry Lehrman, MLA, MArch, ASLA is the Project Director of the Aqueduct Futures Project, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona.  He spoke to the event guests on water issues concerning Southern California, focusing on the history of water delivery to California, the aqueduct system and its environmental hurdles, and the future of development and resources in the State.


 Aqueduct Futures - Prof Lehrman, Cal Poly Pomona


Aqueduct Futures


The size of the aqueduct system and the area it draws water from is astounding.  Almost 490 square miles of land is owned by the City of Los Angeles, via its Department of Water & Power, in the Owens Valley where Bishop and other communities are located.  This area is larger than the City of Los Angeles itself.

The water level of Owens Lake began noticeably and consistently dropping as early as the year 1890. The local Payutes population drew the first water in the mid-1800s.  In 1928 the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) was formed and the Colorado River Aqueduct was created.

The City of Los Angeles, from 1781 to 1940, approved 83 separate annexations of land.  Then, after 1940, 292 additional annexations were approved.  LADWP is a major landlord and natural resources manager for City property in the Owens Valley.


Aqueduct Futures


More water efficiency practices are needed, but much goes to wasteful agricultural irrigation practices. The Bureau of Reclamation does not do a beneficial job of reclaiming water.

More efficiency in water usage also translates to power savings, as up to 20 percent of power in California is used to transport water. Desalination is not the only option, as it also uses a lot of power, and it is not our way out of a water shortage. Grey water recycling would consume 10 percent of the energy of ocean desalination.


Aqueduct Futures


To help direct future use and operations of the aqueduct and the surrounding City land area, an Aqueduct Master Plan is proposed that would focus on multifunctional uses for the land and region.  The concept of ‘Aqueductsheds’ was introduced, dealing with the system much like a river watershed system. The area owned by the City of Los Angeles for the aqueduct system could be the largest city park in the World. It could be a ‘national park’ rivaling Yosemite.


For more information, visit the Aqueduct Futures project web site.





“Insatiable Appetites” on May 21st has been cancelled.

April 9, 2014 in 2014 | Comments (0)

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An Aqueduct Runs Through It:

A Series on the Future of

California’s Water Supply

In cooperation with the California Center for
Land and Water Stewardship, Cal Poly Pomona


Part 2 – Insatiable Appetites

Water, Energy, and

Managing the Flow



Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Meet and Greet at 6:30 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Taix French Restaurant:
1911 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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dwpThere is nothing like a drought to focus our attention on the availability of water. Yet the connection between water and electricity usage usually goes unnoticed. Few realize that LA’s annual water consumption has been flat for 30 years while the city’s population has grown by over 1 million inhabitants, or that water management consumes 20% of the state’s electric power. What is the perspective of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipally owned public utility, given its mandate to manage water and energy resources? How does it ensure today’s water delivery and future supplies for a growing city?


David Jacot, LADWP

Our guest speaker: 

David Jacot, P.E.

Director of Efficiency Solutions,
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power









Dinner entrees include fresh French baguette, Soup of the day,
Organic greens with house vinaigrette dressing, Fresh vegetable,
and Rice or potato.


With one of the following selections:

Coq au Vin –
Traditional French dish of chicken cooked in a red wine sauce with mushrooms.

Beef Bourguignon –
Tender pieces of beef in Burgundy wine mushroom sauce.

Pasta Monegasque –
Penne paste with tomatoes, garlic, basil and olive oil.


All with Sherbet and Coffee or tea.




Cost: $40 general public, $30 members, $25 for students with ID


** On-line registration has now closed **
This event has been cancelled.
Registrants will receive a refund via PayPal.


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(If you did not receive the event email)



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