California has emerged from a multi-year drought, but water quantity and quality issues continue to be a priority for state policy and decision makers. Several bills have been introduced in the current legislative session that would address clean drinking water for all Californians, with particular emphasis on improving access in disadvantaged communities. Gov. Gavin Newsom also has signaled the importance of access to safe drinking water for his administration, through efforts to update and move forward with some version of Waterfix and by proposing a new fund to pay for water infrastructure investments.
Thank you for joining our panel of Stanford scientists and water experts for a discussion on California water quality issues that will be informed by their latest research in focal areas such as arsenic and chromium contamination; impacts of extractive industries on water; and more.
E. Joaquin Esquivel, Chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board
Newsha Ajami, Director of Urban Water Policy , Stanford Water in the West Program and NSF-ReNUWit; member of the Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board
Scott Fendorf, Terry Huffington Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Axademic Affairs, Stanford School of Earth Energy & Environmental Sciences; Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Rob Jackson, Michelle and Kevin Douglas Provostial Professor, Stanford School of Earth Energy & Environmental Sciences; Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Senior Fellow, Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy
Chris Field, Perry L. McCarty Director and Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment