Book in Common
Unquenchable, by Robert Glennon
Robert Glennon's new book, Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What to Do About It, covers the water story all across America.
From the Vegas Strip to faux snow in Atlanta, from our supersized bathrooms to mega-farms, from billion-dollar water deals to big time politics and personalities, Glennon reveals the extravagances and everyday waste that are sucking the nation dry.
The shell game of pumping water from place to place is coming to an end. And Glennon warns that our water woes are bad and getting worse.
Right now Washington is having a love affair with the clean energy of ethanol and biofuels. But love will turn to heartbreak once America realizes that thousands of gallons of water are required to produce one gallon of fuel. Glennon tells how a celebrated, new ethanol plant in Minnesota-The Land of 10,000 Lakes-is already sucking local wells dry.
Glennon argues that we cannot engineer our way out of the problem with the usual fixes or the zany-but very real-schemes to tow icebergs from Alaska or divert the Mississippi River to Nevada.
America must make hard choices-and Glennon's answer is a provocative market-based system that values water as a commodity and a fundamental human right.
Robert Glennon is the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. He is the author of many articles and books, including the acclaimed Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America's Fresh Waters.
See Robert Glennon at Laxson Auditorium October 5th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and additional information can be found here.
Book in Common 2013-2014 Announced
Tuscan Aquifer Study Final Workshop
Thursday May, 23rd, 2013
Sponsored by the Butte County Department of Water and Resource Conservation, this workshop will present the vast information collected over the past three years studying the Lower Tuscan Aquifer. The meeting will begin with a short presentation of project activities and results. Then attendees will be free to visit stations focusing on different aspects of the project: stream gauging, isotopic data, aquifer tests, and others. A wrap up at the end will highlight major points, questions, and concerns brought up during the break out time.
For more information on the project, visit: www.buttecounty.net/waterandresource, then click on "Tuscan Aquifer Project".
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