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"Water Scarcity and Conflict" conference in CT, 4/3-4/09  Cohen, Russ (FWE)
 Feb 09, 2009 13:45 PST 
Fyi in case you don't already know about this (see below or http://www.conncoll.edu/centers/goodwin-niering/GreenlivingDocs/WaterScarcityConflictConference.pdf)


4/3-4/09 at Connecticut College, New London, CT

For more information about the conference: Tel: 860-439-5417


http://goodwin-nieringcenter.conncoll.edu <http://goodwin-nieringcenter.conncoll.edu/>

Friday April 3

Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center

12:00 Registration

12:30 Welcome and Introduction s

Melon Keynote Address I

Water: New Thinking for the 21st

Century Peter Gleick, Co-founder and

President of the Pacific Institute,

Oakland, Calif.

1:30 Session I: Definition of the


Lambert Lecture I:

Water Follows the People: The

State of the Platte River Ecosystem

after 150 Years of Flow Regulation

Ellen Wohl, Professor, Department of

Geosciences, Colorado State University

Marjorie Diley Lecture I:

Water Conflicts in the Arid West:

The Quest for Certainty and Control

Reed Benson, Professor of Law,

University of New Mexico


Development of Water Use

Management Alternatives for the

Fenton River Near Storrs, CT

Glenn Warner, Professor, Department of

Natural Resources and the Environment,

University of Connecticut

Interlinking of Indian Rivers - Pros and

Cons and Environmental Concerns

Kaggere Lokesh, Professor, Department of

Environmental Engineering, S.J. College of

Engineering, Mysore, India

5:00 Adjourn

7:30 Melon Keynote Address II:

Water Use and Abuse: Innovations in


Amy Vickers, President, Amy Vickers &

Associates Inc., Amherst, Mass.

Ernst Common Room, Blaustein

Humanities Center

Free and open to the public

Usable freshwater

is a relatively scarce commodity on the

Earth. Competition for water for human

consumption, irrigation, industrial use and

power generation has resulted in conflicts

at both the local and international scale.

Population growth, overuse of existing

groundwater supplies and potential changes in

local hydrology resulting from global climate

change could stress existing water delivery

systems and amplify political tension among

users. The Conference on Water Scarcity

and Conflict will examine the root causes

of conflicts over water use. We will assess

weaknesses in the current physical and political

infrastructure and suggest ways in which water

can be used in a more sustainable manner.

Consumption of high-quality water is a major

concern for much of the world's population.

In the U.S., an increase in the consumption

of bottled water occurred largely because

of concerns about possible contamination

of local drinking water supplies. Meanwhile,

within the state of Connecticut, overuse of

water from some watersheds with subsequent

detrimental impacts on aquatic habitats led to

efforts to better manage water withdrawals.

Nationally, depletion of large groundwater

aquifers in the Great Plains and Southwest

is raising concerns about the future of

agriculture and urban areas in those regions.

Internationally, large trans-basin diversion

projects and competition over scarce water

resources create growing tensions among

countries. These examples show that at all

scales, water is a resource that is increasingly

central to disagreements and conflict.

This conference will provide a broad overview

of our current understanding of the use of

this shared and critical resource. We hope

to propose solutions that would enhance

the sustainable use of water and reduce

political strife among water users. The mix of

speakers and topics should appeal to a wide

audience of college students and faculty,

concerned citizens, NGO representatives,

and policymakers.


SATURday April 4

Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center

8:00 Registration and Continental


9:00 Session II: Responses to Scarcity:

Science , Activism and Policy

Connecticut's Stream Flow Standard:

Balancing Human and Ecological Needs

for Water Lee Dunbar, Assistant Director,

Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse,

Connecticut Department of Environmental


Lambert Lecture II:

Balancing Human and Environmental

Water Needs with Increasingly Scarce

Water Resources Mark Smith, Director,

Eastern U.S. Freshwater Program, The

Nature Conservancy, Boston, Mass.


Marjorie Diley Lecture II:

Foreign Policy and International Water

Development Aaron Salzberg, Special

Coordinator, Water Issues, Bureau of Oceans and

International Environmental and Scientific Affairs,

U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.

Interstate Water Sharing Agreements:

What Have We Learned?

Lynne Lewis, Associate Professor of

Economics, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine

12:00 Lunch

Hood Dining Hall, Blaustein Humanities Center

Student Research Poster Session

1:30 Session III: Pro spect s for Conflict,

Resolution and Cooperation

Balancing Public Water Supply and

In-stream Flow Needs: A Public Water

Supply Perspective John Herlihy, Director,

Water Quality and Environmental Management,

Aquarion Water Co., Monroe, Conn.

Conflict and Cooperation Along

International Rivers: Scarcity,

Bargaining Strategies and Strategic

Interaction Shlomi Dinar, Assistant

Professor, Department of International

Relations and Geography, Florida

International University


Correlating Rainfall and Conflict

Marc Levy, Deputy Director, Center for

International Earth Science Information Network,

Columbia University, New York, N.Y.

Think Outside the Bottle

Deborah Lapidus, National Organizer, Corporate

Accountability International, Boston, Mass.

5:00 Adjourn


Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute is a winner of the MacArthur

Fellowship "Genius Award," a member of the National Academy of

Science and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of

Science. He is one of the leading experts on the sustainable use of water.

Amy Vickers, an engineer from Amy Vickers & Associates, is the author

of the Benjamin Franklin Award-winning book Water Use and Conservation.

She is an authority on water conservation and wrote the efficiency

standards for plumbing fixtures in the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 1992.

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