Southern California: Will It Dry Up?

Many of us living in Los Angeles this past summer
probably remember shorter showers, fewer
baths, brown grass, and dirty cars. Water rationing had
hit the Southland. The Northerners, who "love to hate
southern Californians," treat rationing as a common
occurrence, yet it is relatively new to southern California. But Marc Reisner is returning to tell us that we had
better get used to it: "We will be using as much water in
2030 as we are today."

Mr. Reisner, who is a writer, lecturer, and consultant
on Western water issues has been exceptionally active.
He recently authored the book Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water (1986), a history
of water and the American West, which is considered
one of the twelve best non-fiction books published in

Mr. Reisner is a native of Duluth, Minnesota, where
his parents escaped the Nazi regime in Germany
through sponsorship of Quakers. He is a graduate of
Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, where he
received a B.A. in history and politics. Following college
he spent two years on a communal farm: "I found out
how hard farmers have to work." He then went on to
write for the Natural Resources Defense Council. A few
years later, following a road trip to the West, he decided
to move to San Francisco, where he's been ever since.

Once again we are excited to welcome Mr. Reisner to
the Athenaeum to speak on the controversial topic of
water. Please take the opportunity to learn about this
vanishing resource. The dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m.,
following a 5:30 reception. The speech will begin at 7:00.