San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
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Presented in partnership with Restore Hetch Hetchy
The Brower Center and Restore Hetch Hetchy present the Water Fights events, a two-program series designed to illuminate the past, present, and future of California's water. The first, Water Fights: Bay Delta Conservation Plan and the California Water Bond, focuses on informing voters about two controversial efforts to dramatically alter our state's water systems.
Also known as the "twin tunnels," the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is the latest iteration of a proposal to divert water from the Sacramento River around the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, with the aim of providing more fresh water to the California Aqueduct system. Currently in the public review phase, the BDCP has drawn a range of proponents and detractors from within the environmental community. The BDCP discussion will feature the Natural Heritage Institute's Jerry Meral in discussion with Friends of the River's Ron Stork, moderated by Tom Berliner, former general counsel to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
Currently on the November ballot, 2014 California Water Bond will allow the state government to borrow $7.2 billion to overhaul our water system. Allocations within the complex measure include funds for water storage projects, ecosystem protection, groundwater protection, and technology solutions such as desalination – all of which elicit passionate responses from across California. This portion of the evening will feature Central Valley farmer Stuart Woolf in discussion with the Pacific Institute’s Peter Gleick, moderated by Dave Sunding of the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources.
About Art/Act: Maya Lin
Every fall, the Brower Center presents the Art/Act Award & Exhibition, created to honor established artists who have dedicated a significant part of their careers to using art’s unique transformative power in the service of activism. In 2014, the Center recognizes internationally acclaimed sculptor, architectural designer, and ardent environmentalist Maya Lin, known most widely for her Vietnam Veterans Memorial, but whose most recent work has focused on threatened ecosystems. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Lin was inspired to highlight the fragility of bodies of water around the world, creating abstract wall sculptures to represent entities like the San Francisco Bay and Tuolumne River, both of which will be featured at the Center. Art/Act: Maya Lin will also highlight the What Is Missing? project, dedicated to documenting vanishing species and environments around the world through an interactive website. As part of this year’s Art/Act, the Center is partnering with Heyday Books’s Malcolm Margolin to add an in-depth exploration of the Bay Area’s environmental history as a permanent contribution to the What Is Missing? project.
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David Brower Center
The David Brower Center provides a home for the environmental movement by advocating for the beauty, diversity and ecological integrity of Earth. The Brower Center accomplishes this mission through a distinctive combination of permanent infrastructure and ongoing programs in a unique civic institution that 1) informs the public about the environmental challenges we face and the bold actions we must take if ours is to remain a living planet; 2) inspires people to recognize their own power and responsibility to act on behalf of the Earth; and 3) connects individuals and organizations dedicated to social equity and ecological sustainability.