Cycles of drought and rain have shaped California life since John Steinbeck’s writing seared the state’s water woes into national consciousness. Amplified by climate change, California and other western states now experience regular weather whiplash, careening between record drought and rainfall every few years.
In his new book The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California, author Mark Arax exposes the tumultuous history behind the myth of the Golden State. LA Times reporter Diana Marcum and water expert Faith Kearnsexplore the complex intersections between drought, climate change and life in rural California. Can a decades-old distribution system meet the water needs of the future? Will redirecting rivers, drilling deeper wells and building higher dams quench California’s demand for water? How will California’s robust agricultural economy — one that was built to produce two-thirds of the country’s produce and nuts year-round— survive the next record-breaking drought?
Join us for a conversation about living the California dream in a drought-prone state.
July 17, 2019
The Commonwealth Club 110 The Embarcadero Taube Family Auditorium San Francisco, 94105 United States
Author, The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California
Scientist, California Institute for Water Resources
Reporter, Los Angeles Times
Founder and Host, Climate One
6 p.m. check-in 6:30 p.m. program
7:30 p.m. networking reception and book signing
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