Water More Precious Than Gold?

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  4/21/2004

Joe Whitworth, Executive Director of Oregon Trout, presents “Water in the American West: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” at the Library Admin Conference Room (507 NW Wall) on Saturday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m. This program is part of the Novel Idea: Read Together community reading project and Riverfest 2004. The program is free and open to the public.

Whitworth, an expert on the Endangered Species Act, water law and public lands law, holds a juris doctor from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College and an A.B. from Dartmouth College. He has published articles on natural resource issues in both popular and legal journals. His most recent academic work has explored the intersection of ecology and economics as it relates to irrigated agriculture.

As Executive Director of Oregon Trout, Whitworth says, “Our work boils down to fixing rivers and educating kids.” Oregon Trout, he says, is the oldest wild fish conservation group in the Pacific Northwest, and its mission is to protect and restore native fish and the ecosystems upon which they depend.

“Water will be the defining natural resource issue of our time,” says Whitworth. His presentation will provide the context for a better understanding of the importance of water and its use in the arid West. “Economic pressures, increasing competition and the adverse affects of irrigation necessitate a new approach to water use,” says Whitworth.

For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032 or visit www.dpls.lib.or.

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