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4th Annual Darcy Aston Memorial Water Lecture and Potluck

February 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

“A New Age in Groundwater Management: Opportunities and Challenges in Building a more Resilient Water System in California”

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Bren 1414

The Environmental Studies Program invites you to this year’s Darcy Aston Memorial Water Lecture and Potluck. Join us as we discuss California’s opportunity to become a leader in water management through implementation of its landmark groundwater legislation, the Sustainability Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Prior to the passage of SGMA in 2014, California lagged behind many other states in groundwater management. Now, with careful implementation of the law, California has an opportunity to transform into a model for the West and other water-challenged parts of the world. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Christina Babbitt of Environmental Defense Fund. After the lecture and panel discussion (~7:00pm), the event will move to Bren 4016 for the community potluck. Guests are encouraged to bring a food item to share.


  • Debra Perrone, Assistant Professor at the Environmental Studies Program


  • Alicia Roessler, Staff Attorney for Environmental Defense Center
  • Arturo Keller, Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
  • Fray Crease, Water Agency Manager for Santa Barbara County

To view the event flyer, please click here.

Dr Christina BabbittSpeaker Bio: Dr. Christina Babbitt manages the California Groundwater Program at Environmental Defense Fund, where she is working to advance successful implementation of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. In her role, she leads efforts to advance water trading policy in California and scale replicable groundwater sustainability pilot projects across California’s Central Valley. In these efforts, Babbitt focuses on building partnerships among NGOs, agencies, water districts, and agricultural partners in ways that enhance collective impact.

Prior to joining EDF in 2015, Babbitt worked as a senior associate at Blue Earth Consultants, LLC in Oakland, California, where she specialized in natural resource management and governance, institutional design and effectiveness, and strategic planning. Previously, she held positions with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Services Center in Oakland, California, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water in Washington, D.C. Dr. Babbitt earned a Ph.D. in natural resources from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; an MSc in environmental science from Florida International University; and a BA in international relations from Rollins College.


February 12, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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