Last year’s Water Wise  team, from left: Sherri Akers, Mike Bonin, Shelley Wiseman, Christy Wilhelmi and Sarah Auerswald Photos courtesy of Sarah Auerswald

Last year’s Water Wise
team, from left: Sherri Akers, Mike Bonin, Shelley Wiseman, Christy Wilhelmi and Sarah Auerswald
Photos courtesy of Sarah Auerswald

As anyone riding local freeways lined with “serious drought” signs knows, Los Angeles is currently experiencing its fourth consecutive year of unusually warm winters, low levels of rainfall and minimum snowmelt — all contributing to dwindling supplies of fresh water.

Enter Sunday’s second annual Water Wise Expo at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market, an educational event that examines and celebrates conservation efforts.

The expo’s main mission is to underscore the small steps of conscious conservation that can be taken in homes and businesses to reduce the city’s overall dependence on imported water, as well as find new ways to reuse and recycle rainwater.

A film by Mar Vista Farmers’ Market Manager Diana Rodgers called “Water Woes:  We Plan for Your Eating” will be shown throughout the day on a continuous loop. Rodgers’ film explores the world of California small farmers as they navigate new challenges with the Golden State’s ongoing drought, highlighting innovations.

The event, organized by Mar Vista community organizer Sherri Akers, is co-sponsored by the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, the Mar Vista Community Council and Tree People.

The Water Wise Expo runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, concurrent with the Mar Vista Farmers Market, at the corner of Grand View and Venice Boulevards.
Visit watewiseexpo.blogspot.com.

— Michael Aushenker

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