From the Editor

Progressive Democracy is publishing here a Special Issue:  it contains the majority of the proceedings of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy’s  conference on Water Scarcity and Solutions held March 1, 2014.  

The conference brought together, in an unusual combination, both academic experts in water issues and water professionals, those whose job it is to manage water resources, as well as concerned citizens.

The keynote speaker was Peter Gleick of the Pacifica Institute who is at the forefront worldwide of the water problems confronting humanity as we move through the 21st century.

The Institute would like to thank all the participants in the conference, those who were on the platform and those hundreds who were in the audience.  

Some of the speakers have not yet prepared their remarks for publication.  Those pending are by:

Richard Atwater, Richard Boon, Ken Manning

We would also like to thank those organizations that provided financial and in-kind support for the conference:  

Pomona College,

Pitzer College: Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability,

The Claremont Colleges Environmental Analysis Program,

Three Valleys Municipal Water District,

Scripps College: President’s Advisory Council on Sustainability

We also had the pleasure of working with an outstanding intern before, during and following the conference:  Joe Eyen.

The Institute would also like to thank Char Miller, Director of Environmental Analysis Program and W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis, Pomona College for having organized the conference proceedings published here.

If one would prefer instead of or in addition to reading the papers presented at the conference, they are also available on video produced by the Media Services Department of Scripps College – see the link at the very top of this home page.  Even those papers pending publication here can be seen on the video.

I would like to apologize to the authors of the material in the last regular issue of Progressive Democracy for displacing their material from our home page before their time.  The material is still available in the archives on the left-hand column – and possibly I shall be able to make it front and center for a brief while before the next regular issue is published.