Finding careers in water

San Francisco's Lake Merced

California’s history and future is defined by the access to water.

Most of the Gold Rush pioneers arrived by the sea, including African-American settlers.

Much of the state depends of the movement of water through huge water systems for irrigation and drinking water.

Last year, the state’s voters approved a large bond measure to increase water capacity, and San Francisco is embarking on a $4 billion initiative to upgrade the Hetch Hetchy system.

That translates into jobs, for those who gain the skills needed.

South East Waste Treatment Plant

Eighty percent of the waste water from San Francisco goes through the Southeast waste plant.

On Saturday, April 16, we’ll be next door at the southeast campus of City College of San Francisco for the April Biotech Brunch.

Christopher Rollins, who grew up nearby in the Alice Griffith Apartments before graduating from UC-Berkeley, is a water specialist with the Environmental Protection Agency Region 9.

Rollins will discuss the many careers one can pursue in water during the Biotech Brunch at 1 p.m.