March 22 – Henry McCann
Research Associate, PPIC Water Policy Center
“Drought Resilience and Urban Drinking Water Systems in the Los Angeles Region”
Seminar Description: The presentation will provide an overview of Southern California water management issues related to urban water supply reliability, infrastructure, policy, and finance. It will describe some of the major pressures on the urban water sector in the Los Angeles Region as a result of on-going drought conditions– touching on political, financial, and legal challenges faced by urban water utilities. Some aspects of the presentation will be based on prior work evaluating the landscape of community water systems in Los Angeles County.
Speaker Biography: Henry H. McCann is a research associate at the PPIC Water Policy Center, where he works on data collection, analysis, mapping, and legislative tracking. He previously managed research projects within the Smart Water Systems initiative at the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, including volume 1 of Los Angeles County Community Water Systems: Atlas and Policy Guide. He holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA from the University of Chicago, where he majored in geographical studies.
Discussant: Professor Hilda Blanco