Santa Barbara politicians and environmental experts gathered at Fielding Graduate University’s Winter Session recently to discuss water scarcity issues in the wake of the deadly mudslides that left at least 20 people dead in Montecito.
State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, County Supervisor Das Williams and Chumash Tribal Chairman Kenneth Kahn joined Carolee Krieger, founder of the California Water Impact Network, for a frank discussion of global water scarcity and pollution in the birthplace of the environmental movement — including the drought conditions that led to the disastrous mudslides.
The event was organized by Fielding’s Sustainability Working Group, and group/faculty member Rich Appelbaum set the event’s tone, reminding us that the event’s title, “Water, Water Everwhere: Will There Be a Drop to Drink?” was especially salient in a town where the water had been contaminated by ruptured pipes.