California Drought Solutions Explored at Aquarium of the Pacific Gathering TODAY

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Cover design by Dustin Ames/OC Weekly
Got water?
Experts (including the subject of a recent Weekly cover story) gather at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach this afternoon to look at the California drought and possible ways to reduce water demand in our thirsty state.

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North County-Adjacent La Habra Heights Puts an Oil Fracking Ban Before Voters

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Photo by flickr user Maryland Sierra Club
Hey, Marylanders, some folks in La Habra Heights might buy that sign off you.
As sides on both sides of the oil fracking debate solidify in North County, a North County-adjacent city council has placed a ban on drilling and fracking on the ballot.

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An Inconvenient Thirst: See Jay Famiglietti's
60 Minutes Segment "Depleting the Water"

UPDATE, NOV. 17, 4:15 P.M.: In case you missed the top story on 60 Minutes last night, click play above or follow this link to the complete segment "Depleting the Water," which prominently features UC Irvine/JPL water scientist Jay Famiglietti.

READING ASSIGNMENT: An Inconvenient Thirst: Water scientist Jay Famiglietti pleas for smart use of our most precious resource before it's too late. Will we listen?

LEARN MORE: JayFamiglietti.com

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An Inconvenient Thirst: Jay Famiglietti Reader

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Circle of Blue "Action Figure" series
The reading assignment below? It's alright. But the truth is the subject of the story, UC Irvine and Jet Propulsion Laboratory water scientist Jay Famiglietti, has written far more eloquently about the global groundwater issues raised in this week's cover story. After the jump are but five examples ...

READING ASSIGNMENT: An Inconvenient Thirst: Water scientist Jay Famiglietti pleas for smart use of our most precious resource before it's too late. Will we listen?

LEARN MORE: JayFamiglietti.com

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An Inconvenient Thirst: 9 Global Hot Spots

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Andre Casasola/Orange County Water District
A precious resource is ever more precious.
What follows is a picture of the groundwater challenges at home and abroad. I must concede that I became depressed while putting this together, but then remembered far more brilliant people are working on ways to manage our way out of this crisis. We just need more of these folks to make it a priority NOW, as UC Irvine/Jet Propulsion Laboratory water scientist Jay Famiglietti would tell you.

READING ASSIGNMENT: An Inconvenient Thirst: Water scientist Jay Famiglietti pleas for smart use of our most precious resource before it's too late. Will we listen?

LEARN MORE: JayFamiglietti.com

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An Inconvenient Thirst: 6 Videos on UCI/JPL's Alarming Groundwater Research

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American Museum of Natural History
From his JPL desk, Jay Famiglietti talks about dwindling drinking water in Australia.

Check out the following six (mostly brief) videos that have UC Irvine/Jet Propulsion Laboratory water scientist Jay Famiglietti and his team's research explaining the California and global groundwater crises.

READING ASSIGNMENT: An Inconvenient Thirst: Water scientist Jay Famiglietti pleas for smart use of our most precious resource before it's too late. Will we listen?

LEARN MORE: JayFamiglietti.com

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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret Movie Comes with Free Veggie Meal If You Act NOW!

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A.U.M. Films
Hey, I'm in a mooooovie.

Nothing whips up a hankering for some chow like a feature-length environmental documentary exposing the total destruction being inflicted upon planet Earth by the meat and dairy industry. Fortunately, the presenters of a special, one-time showing of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret at the Irvine Spectrum have you covered. But you've got to act NOW for the free (and sustainable!) grub.

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A Wedge to Remember From Josh Pomer Recalls a Very Recent Massive Storm Surf Break

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Josh Pomer Films
A Wedge to Remember keeps rollin,' rollin,' rollin.'

Hello, he's surf filmmaker Josh Pomer. You may know him from such previous Weekly coverage as the 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival, when his Discovering Mavericks won the Audience Award for Best Action Sports Documentary, the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival, when his Westsiders won a Festival Honor for Outstanding Achievement in Action Sports or a special screening of his Destination Point.

While I have not yet had the pleasure of seeing A Wedge to Remember, I can safely report it is impressive how quickly Pomer turned his passion project around.

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Santa Ana and Orange County Water District Talk Safe Water, Pollution, Drought TONIGHT

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Photo by Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
Drink 'em while you've got 'em.

The city of Santa Ana and Orange County Water District (OCWD) host a community meeting beginning at 6:30 tonight to address continued water reliability and quality in the wake of pollution and the state drought.

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Pump The Movie is a Real Gas So Get Out to See It at Frida Cinema TONIGHT!

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Our big sistah paper in NYC, Village Voice, called Pump the Movie a "compelling and cogent documentary," so since it ends its one-week run at the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana tonight, get on over and see it (at 7:30 or 9:15 p.m.).

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