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Water Supply in San Diego County

Water is the most critical natural resource in the San Diego region when planning for our future. The San Diego region's population of 3 million people is climbing and expected to reach about 4 million people around 2030, and it won't stop there. As the San Diego County Water Authority states in their 2013 Water Supply Update, "the state’s water supply system remains in crisis." Our water demand is anticipated to increase by 162,000 acre feet annually, from 612,000 acre-feet to 779,000 acre-feet. That is roughly the equivalent of needing 162,000 football fields filled to a depth of one foot of water MORE than we use now. Most of our water is imported, leaving us vulnerable to many factors outside of our complete control. What to do? We have assembled a panel of the 3 leading water experts in San Diego discuss our supply scenario, and the outlook for our future. These are the leaders in water supply management, desalination, and water quality planning and projects in the San Diego region. Their goal is to discuss, and answer questions regarding proactive, sustainable solutions to providing more locally-generated, high quality water to our region now and in the future. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from and interact with these experts!

Jessica H. Jones is the Community Outreach Manager for the Carlsbad Desalination Project for Poseidon Water LLC. She has been working on permitting, community education and outreach and other development activities for the project since 2000. For the last 13 years she has helped to shepherd the Project through the permitting process with the City of Carlsbad, the CA Coastal Commission, the CA State Lands Commission and the CA Regional Water Quality Control Board. In her current role she is focusing on community outreach during the construction of the plant in Carlsbad and 10-mile pipeline stretching from the Carlsbad coast to the Aqueduct in San Marcos. Jessica is also involved with the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Carlsbad Boys & Girls Club, Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary and is a member of the SD League of Women’s Voters.


Jessica received a Bachelor of Science, with a focus in Business, from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She currently resides in Carlsbad with her family.


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Serge Dedina is the co-founder and Executive Director of WILDCOAST/COSTASALVAIE, an international organization that conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife. The former founding director of The Nature Conservancy’s Baja California and Sea of Cortez Program, Serge is the author of Saving the Gray Whale and Wild Sea. In recognition of his conservation achievements, which include helping to preserve more than three million acres of coastal and marine ecosystems, Serge received the San Diego Zoological Society’s Conservation Medal, the California Coastal Commission’s “Coastal Hero” Award and the Surf Industry Manufacturer's Association Environmental Award. He was named a UCSD John Muir College "Muir Environmental Fellow" earlier this year. Serge, who grew up and still lives in Imperial Beach, has worked on water quality issues in the San Diego-Tijuana region since 1980, and successfully lobbied for the construction of two wastewater treatment plants on the U.S.-Mexico border. He received a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin, a M.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.




Ken Weinberg is Director of Water Resources for the San Diego County Water Authority and is responsible for long-term water supply and facilities planning and water resources management, including the short term and long range water demand forecasting and the development of local supply projects. Most recently, Mr. Weinberg successfully led the years’ long effort of the Water Authority to develop and approve a Water Purchase Agreement for the Carlsbad Desalination Project and the planning of Water Authority conveyance facilities required to accept and distribute this new supply. He oversees the periodic update of the Water Authority’s Regional Urban Water Management Plan and the Regional Water Facilities Master Plan as well as implementing the Water Authority's Water Shortage and Drought Management Plan. He is also responsible for environmental compliance activities and resource agency permits for Water Authority capital projects and ensuring the Water Authority’s projects comply with California and federal environmental regulations. In addition, Mr. Weinberg manages the Water Authority’s efforts along with the city of San Diego and the county of San Diego, on the development and management of the San Diego Integrated Regional Water Management program (IRWM) and related IRWM grants program. He is also Co-Chair of the San Diego IRWM Regional Advisory Committee which evaluates and recommends applications for state bond funding and approves updates to the regional IRWM Plan. Mr. Weinberg has been with the Water Authority since 1991 and previous to that worked for the City of San Diego conducting long term facility planning. He received a Bachelor of Science from State University of New York College at Buffalo and a Master of Public Administration from San Diego State University.




Event Details:


Date: October 30, 2013

Time: 4 - 5:30 PM

Location: Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center [Map]


Faculty Project Directors:


Trent Biggs, Ph.D.,
Department of Geography


Diana Richardson, M.A.,
Department of Geography










































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