Water Quality and Environmental Justice in the Central Valley (Switzer Foundation Webinar Series)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 9:30am






Hundreds of small, rural communities in California and across the United States rely on unsafe drinking water sources that their modest means cannot mitigate. But why do such conditions exist in a country where most of the population has access to piped, potable water, and despite a history of investment in sophisticated infrastructure and drinking water laws? This webinar will focus on drinking water quality and environmental justice issues facing communities in California’s Central Valley.

2009 Switzer Fellow Dr. Carolina Balazs, a post-doctoral scholar at UC Davis and former research scientist with the Community Water Center, will provide an overview of some of the key health and environmental justice issues regarding water, and explore a range of possible solutions being implemented to address these problems, focusing on recent integrated regional water management efforts.

Questions that will be addressed during this webinar are:

  1. What are the key drinking water issues in the Central Valley?
  2. What is the role of regional planning?
  3. What is the relationship with environmental justice?

Those interested in water/drinking water advocacy and policy, environmental justice advocates, and public health-social epidemiology scholars would benefit from attending.

This event is free and open to the public.


Read more about the issues involved in the Environmental Justice Atlas, including links to Carolina's work on the issue

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