Our Water

‘Science Friday’s’ Ira Flatow, NASA’s Jay Famiglietti to speak on water in Charlotte

Join public radio’s Ira Flatow, host of “Science Friday,” and Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist for NASA, for an on-stage conversation 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Booth Playhouse about America’s water crisis and the outlook for the Carolinas.

The two are appearing through “Our Times Re-Imagined,” a series from The Charlotte Observer and Bank of America that brings major voices to Charlotte to discuss important matters.

Famiglietti, called the “Al Gore of Water” for being one of the earliest scientific voices to predict a major drought for the Western United States, will show NASA-produced images of the depletion of fresh groundwater throughout the nation. He and Flatow will discuss how California found itself in the fourth year of a drought that threatens the world’s richest food producing area – and how the rest of us can learn from its predicament.

The two will also touch on the Charlotte region and the Catawba River, which one advocacy group has labeled one of the nation’s most endangered rivers owing to contamination, increased demands from growth and recurring droughts.

The audience is invited to a post-event reception with Flatow and Famiglietti.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 1

Where: Booth Playhouse, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St.

Cost: $10

Register: CLTwater.com

Questions: Charlotte Observer Innovations Editor Jen Rothacker, jrothacker@charlotteobserver.com, 704-358-5081.