More and more, water has become a limited resource in the American West. And now, the Institute for Advanced Study has initiated a new series called Earth, Wind and Water at the University of Wyoming to create open dialogue on water management and other environmental issues. The program “Water at Risk: Managing Life’s Essential Element” will happen September 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Berry Center Auditorium on UW’s campus.
The forum will feature four panelists from an array of backgrounds, including Lauren Biehle from the School of Pharmacy, Brent Ewers from botany, JJ Shinkler from geography, and Jason Robison from the College of Law.
Jean Garrison is the Director for UW’s Center for Global Studies. She said they chose an inclusive approach in order to offer a broad range of perspectives on water issues. Garrison said she’s hoping the program will put Wyoming’s water management issues into a global context, since they are usually thought only to involve drought and water rights.
“Our water systems are even more vulnerable than that,” said Garrison. “Even clean water in the United States, which is taken for granted. I mean, all you have to do is look at Flint, Michigan, as an example.”
For more information on the Earth, Wind and Water series, click here.