The figure of a pioneer woman holds a water jug, symbolic of San Diego’s guardianship over the region’s most life-giving resource. In the fountain, artist Donal Hord also symbolized water first coming from the clouds, giving life to the land, and then spilling over into the sea.
San Diego’s Guardian of Water sculpture fountain is a timeless interpretation of our region’s ongoing relationship with water.
Water is both the source of life and the fountain of prosperity.
In the 21st century, new and deeper challenges are facing Californians as to how we manage water, our most vulnerable and essential resource.
Conversations about Water Policy and Water Culture
To prepare for statewide dialogues among Californians about this vital topic, students at the University of San Diego (USD) and California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) will hold deliberative forums to test a new discussion guide, How Should California Manage Water in the 21st Century?
The outcomes of these student-led forums in San Diego County will help finalize the discussion guide. Californians around the state will rely on the final version of the guide to talk with—not at--each other in order to discover shared values and consider a variety of actions to align California water policy and water culture with current realities and challenges.
The first forum at USD is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3rd. The second forum at CSUSM is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th. Both events are free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Reading the discussion guide in advance (< 20 min) is strongly recommended. Click here for a copy.
Save Water, Save Life: USD Forum