The University of California Cooperative Extension is co-hosting local conversations to learn what Sacramento Delta community residents think about water.

UC Cooperative Extension scientists will lead the water conversations, which will be held in local public libraries. Neutral facilitators will use a discussion guide produced by the California Center for the Book that offers three views and three approaches to the issue. The guide can be viewed at http://www.delibcanet.org/page33.php.

Participants will discuss each approach and what they like or dislike about each. These are not debates nor a push for any view or policy.

The organizers hope to share constituents' views with policymakers and local stakeholders to raise awareness and understanding.

Participation is limited to 25 people and advanced registration is required.

The Aug. 4 meeting will be held at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library at 1212 Merkley Ave. in West Sacramento from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information or to register, call the library information desk at (916) 375-6465 or e-mail cheryl.chapel@yolocounty.org.

For more information or to register for one of the following three sessions, contact Jodi Cassell at jlcassell@ucdavis.edu or (925) 646 6127, or Carole Paterson at capaterson@ucdavis.edu or (707) 784-1125.

• Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m., Walnut Grove Library, 14177 Market Street, Walnut Grove 95690

• Aug. 24, 6 p.m., Elk Grove Library, 8900 Elk Grove Boulevard, Elk Grove 95624

• Aug. 28, 1 p.m. Cesar Chavez Central Library, 605 N. El Dorado St, Stockton 95202

Notes will be taken at all of the conversations and some conversations will be videotaped. A sampling of participants will be asked to participate in more in-depth interviews. Based on the series of conversations, the organizers will create a documentary and a written report describing what participants say about water.

Water conversations are being held in Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano and Yolo counties in partnership with nonpartisan organizations California Center for the Book, the Water Education Foundation, the California State Library, and California National Issues Forums network.