The Southern California Water Committee, a nonprofit organization formed by many cities and counties across the Southland to promote solutions to the state's water problems, has invited a number of state officials to its annual meeting today as a first step in a hoped-for statewide water campaign.
The committee, based in Irvine and chaired by Orange County Supervisor Harriett M. Wieder, will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Sheraton Grande Hotel in Los Angeles. According to Wieder, the expected attendance of several state legislators will be "a start in the right direction" toward unifying the state and averting "a water shortage of major proportions."
Wieder said California suffered "one of the most critically dry periods in its history" during 1987, making public education and quick action critical.
The committee has been holding public hearings in California since July in an attempt to sound the alarm over potential water shortages.