esterday, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano addressed the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, as the keynote speaker for their 2011 Water Symposium "Water, Climate & Finance: The New Intersection."
"Local communities, the federal government, and public and private water providers will all have to work together to improve our water supply for the 21st century," Napolitano said. "Even with climate change and a growing population, there is enough water to meet future demands if we become more efficient, protect our streams and aquifers from pollution, and use the latest water technologies to increase supply. This more reliable and efficient water supply will provide a solid foundation for economic growth and expansion for years to come."
Napolitano is the top Democrat on the Water and Power Subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The two-day conference included policy makers, scientists, and businessmen who discussed potential public-private partnerships and how to best address the diminishing global supply of potable water.
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego is one of the oldest and largest centers for ocean and earth science research in the world.