Water as a sustainable coastal resource, film and discussion, Thursday

Press release

Posted by on Sat, May 2, 2009


Join Coastside Land Trust for a showing of "FLOW: For Love of Water" (90 min), an award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st century: The World Water Crisis.

  • Official Selection, 2008 Sundance Film Festival
  • International Jury Prize, 2008 Mumbai International Film Festival
  • Best Documentary, 2008 Vail International Film Festival
  • Winner, Best Documentary United Nations Association Film Festival

Thursday, May 7 at 7 pm
Ted Adcock Community Center
535 Kelly Ave, Half Moon Bay

The film will be followed by a panel discussion of coastal water concerns by:

  • Moderator: Kellyx Nelson, Executive Director, San Mateo County Resource Conservation District 
  • Tim Ramirez, Manager of the Natural Resources and Lands Management Division, Water Enterprise for San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which owns the upper Pilarcitos watershed and which is responsible directly or indirectly for management of many Coastsiders? water sources.
  • David Dickson, General Manager of Coastside County Water District (CCWD)
  • Gary Warhaftig, President of the Montara/Moss Beach Water Improvement Association. Gary laid the groundwork and worked diligently for deprivatization of Montara’s water. Citizens Utilities purchased water rights in 38 states, and at the time Montara won back the right to their own water, Citizens said that Montara was the only community to do so.

This event is free and refreshments will be served.

I am wondering why MSWD is not participating on this panel?

The date of the film showing (chosen because of CLT’s nature tour on May 9 of our conservation easement along the creek between the Main Street bridge and the former Nurserymen’s property) conflicts with an MWSD meeting. An MWSD board member suggested Gary Warhaftig, President of the Montara/Moss Beach Water Improvement Association, who did much of the the groundwork and worked diligently for deprivatization of MWSD’s water.

Is he able to answer questions on the status of current issues with the MSWD water supply and future development such as the study that was recently released by the county?

The status of MSWD’s water supply and future development is not the topic of our event. The movie Flow is about international privatization of water, how communities are losing their water to private corporations, and the importance of the quality of water for human use.


I have received calls asking why MWSD is not represented at this valuable event.

There is a serious water issue here on the midcoast - involving not only CCWD but MWSD, & folks dependent on wells for water for their homes,  &  folks dependent on large amounts of sustainable fresh water for golf courses, greenhouses and agriculture.  SAM, under the leadership of GSD & MWSD, is working hard on getting a test recycled water project up and running a.s.a.p.  - in spite of past threats of lawsuits from CCWD board members.

Why is CCWD there if the discussion is about privatization of water supplies? 

Why isn’t SAM going to be there if it is a discussion about Pilarcitos Creek? It is its recycled water project that will allow Ocean Colony Partners to pull less water from the creek in dry seasons? 



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