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Gov. Jerry Brown addresses drought conference at Stanford on Monday

Jerry Brown spoke at a drought conference co-sponsored by the Hamilton Project and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. (Courtesy of Joseph Garappolo)

Jerry Brown spoke at a drought conference co-sponsored by the Hamilton Project and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. (Courtesy of Joseph Garappolo)

Gov. Jerry Brown was the featured speaker at a drought conference at Stanford on Monday, co-sponsored by The Hamilton Project and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

Brown focused on the $7.5 billion water bond measure on the Nov. 4 ballot as an opportunity to increase water storage and delivery.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg made welcoming remarks, followed by an introduction of the event by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin.

California is in the third year of a drought, with 82 percent of the state experiencing extreme drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The Governor declared a state of emergency in January and called for residents to cut water use by 20 percent.  In response to the Governor’s request, Stanford has taken additional measures to further reduce water usage on campus.

Other participants at the four-hour conference included Thomas Iseman of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Barton “Buzz” Thompson of The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Michael Markus of Orange County Water District and Solomon Hsiang of UC-Berkeley. Closing remarks were by Steven Denning of General Atlantic and Chairman of the Board at Stanford University.

The co-sponsors released three papers which highlighted opportunities for improving water management in the United States in the face of scarce water supplies:  “In Times of Drought:  Nine Economic Facts about Water in the United States,” “Shopping for Water: How the Market can Mitigate Water Shortages in the American West” and “The Path to Water Innovation.”

About Katherine Carr

Katherine Carr is a reporter for The Stanford Daily with a passion for science and public health. She comes to Stanford from Irvine, Calif., where she worked as a freelance writer for the Orange County Register. Carr is a prospective chemistry major and likes to write about science, politics and fashion. To contact her, please email kcarr2 'at' stanford.edu or follow her on Twitter @KatAnneCarr.
  • Gene Beley

    I thought it was neat when Robert Glennon from the University of Arizona told how the Bureau of Reclamation announced that the age of large water projects “was an interesting era, but that era is over” and Governor Jerry Brown was sitting in the front row. I was disappointed that no one talked about how Gov. Brown wants to build a $67 billion (including interest) twin tunnel project that would do more harm than good in the California Delta. When Professor Glennon answered a question from the audience as to why we can’t use pipelines to carry water and told about the weight factor of water, I was picturing Gov. Brown’s 40′ in diameter twin tunnels going underneath the San Joaquin River, Stockton Deep Water Shipping Channel. He has trained his team to give scare motivating sales speeches on earthquakes collapsing the Delta levees (when earthquakes happen more in the Bay Area than in the Delta). But I would fear the river-deep water channel might collapse during the drilling process before we’d have a big earthquake that hasn’t happened in 100 or more years. My observation at this entire seminar was they were preaching to the choir and not addressing the real issues, at least for California.