Ecology Center Hosts TECx: Water Saturday, March 30

Join TECx:Water this Saturday, March 30, 1-4pm, at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano, for a free water skill share event. Come together with experts, including executives from Hurley and the Orange County Coastkeeper, who will help the community share, engage, and build skills around water conservation solutions in the home. Here’s the details:

With March being Water month here at The Ecology Center, TECx:Water is the culmination of a month-long effort to promote and highlight water as a critical issue in our lives, our community, and global ecological health. The Ecology Center is pleased to host this community forum and skillshare on Saturday, March 30, from 1-4pm with leaders and experts of various aspects of local and regional water sourcing, consumption, and conservation. The afternoon will be highlighted by several keynote speakers, providing short, inspirational TED-style talks with insights from the work they are doing, and what we can do to be a part of good water in Southern California.

WHY WATER? Water is the most valuable resource on the planet. It creates and sustains all life and is interconnected to global food and energy ecosystems. The average Southern California resident uses 1,800 gallons of water per day through direct and indirect consumption. Almost 95% of that water used goes straight down the drain. And, according to Aquafornia.com and the Municipal Water District, Southern California imports 60-70% of the water we use each day. Local water is a limited resource, and if we want to ensure a future with a clean and abundant source of water, we must learn to use less and use it better.

In this water skill share event, come together with your community and share, engage, and build skills around water conservation solutions in the home. Topics will include drip irrigation, rainwater harvesting, water friendly garden design, greywater systems, retrofitting fixtures and more. Change is possible, and it happens on the individual level. Ben Edwards, VP of Global Outreach for Hurley International and Hurley )(2O, and speaker at TECx:Water, knows that "we each have the power to make a difference. The Hurley H2O program partners with those… who work to combat water scarcity by acting locally and globally. Our goal is to create a ripple effect that takes us all further." Edwards will be joined by many others to create a holistic sense of water—from freshwater to seawater and everything in between.

Speakers Confirmed:

Garry Brown, Executive Director, Orange County Coastkeeper

Ben Edwards, VP Global Outreach, Hurley International

Mike Evans, Co-founder, Tree of Life Nursery

Greg Goran, Chair of Ocean Friendly Gardens, Huntington Beach/Seal Beach chapter of Surfrider Foundation, & Director of Sustainability at Huntington Beach High School

Dr. Meg Hieisinger, Education Programs at The Ecology Center

Ziad Mazboudi, PE, Environmental Division Manager City of San Juan Capistrano Utilities Department

Paul Schmidtbauer, Industrial Waste Administrator, South Orange County Water Authority

Mary Ann Skorpanich, Manager of OC Watersheds

Topics will include drip irrigation, rainwater harvesting, water friendly garden design, greywater systems, retrofitting fixtures and more.

Let’s cultivate a holistic sense of water—from freshwater to seawater and everything in between. Register for this free event today.

For more info on being water-wise, check out our latest issue of our eco-journal Evolve.