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2011 NCSSM Summer Symposium, The Waterless West: An Introduction to the Course


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An introduction to a course called "The Waterless West" on water in the American West for students in the 2011 NCSSM Summer Symposium on the Global Water Crisis

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2011 NCSSM Summer Symposium, The Waterless West: An Introduction to the Course

  1. 1. NCSSM Summer Symposium, 2011<br />THE WATERLESS WEST<br />Meredith Murphy<br />NCSSM Humanities Instructor<br />
  2. 2. “The Great American Desert”<br />
  3. 3. THE WATERLESS WEST<br />“The Great American Desert”<br />“rain follows the plow”<br />Westward migration and water<br />Bureau of Reclamation<br />dams, power plants, and canals that provide water to 31 million people, 10 million acres of farmland and that produce 40 billion kilowatts of hydroelectric power per year.<br />How have westerners balanced the needs of people, agriculture, and nature in managing water?<br />California Water Wars<br />HetchHetchy<br />Colorado River Basin<br />
  4. 4. What does this have to do with us?<br />We’ll learn how water policy in the West relates to North Carolina’s water supply:<br />Where does Triangle water come from?<br />What processes are used to deliver Triangle water?<br />How has NC responded to urban growth?<br />Do the water supplies of the American West and NC have the same or different problems?<br />How sustainable is NC’s water supply? <br />How has supplying water to people impacted the environment of NC?<br />
  5. 5. We’ll hear from… <br />Bill Holman<br />Director of State Policy for Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions<br />Richard Whisnant<br />Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC-CH School of Government<br />
  6. 6. We’ll visit…<br />Durham Wastewater Treatment Plant<br />OWASA Water Treatment Plant<br />University Lake Reservoir<br />
  7. 7. By the end, we should know some ways to answer these questions:<br />How does water management work?<br />Was it a good idea to “reclaim” water in the West?<br />Was it worth it?<br />Is it good for people? for farmers? for the environment?<br />Do people have any business living where water is not abundant?<br />What water issues does NC face?<br />How are NC communities addressing those issues?<br />What water challenges might NC communities and the nation face in the future?<br />