"Seeking Resilience: A Discussion on the Future of Southern California’s Water System"
Emerging Leaders in Science & Society (ELISS) is a pilot program hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a 501(c)3 scientific society in Washington, D.C. and publisher of Science magazine. Each class of graduate student fellows focuses on a timely challenge that impacts multiple communities. Through our Idea Lab, fellows assess practitioner needs; identify useful practices, research, and technologies; and organize a national forum series to generate innovative approaches to the challenge.

Aging infrastructure, droughts, and environmental concerns are stressing water systems everywhere. Moreover, the recent crisis in Flint, Michigan is a reminder that we can’t take our water for granted. This will be a discussion-based local forum and will focus on challenges and opportunities for the future of Southern California's water system.

For more information on ELISS, please visit elissfellows.org.

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Format: Each session will be led by a water expert in Orange County. Session leaders will introduce themselves, give a short presentation, and facilitate discussion surrounding the topic. The focus is on the future of water systems and how it relates to these sectors and what they can offer in terms of resilience and adaptability.

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Environment
(Session Lead: Dr. Diego Rosso, University of California, Irvine)
This session will cover environmental aspects of the water system, including protecting species/environment, ecology, contaminants of concern, risks of water reuse, and the water-energy nexus.

Innovation/Technology
(Session Lead: Dr. David Feldman, University of California, Irvine)
This session will cover out-of-the-box thinking and will include discussion not only of physical technology but also of water-related policy and innovative ideas.

Infrastructure (Session Lead: Jian Peng, Orange County Public Works)
This session will cover water treatments, contaminants, maintenance, water system decay, supply, and utility companies.

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