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World Water Day At Michigan Tech

Temperatures outside may be barely warm enough to melt ice…but today is World Water Day!

Michigan Tech will celebrate with several events beginning today and into next week.

World Water Day began in 1993 and is meant to focus on ways to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water-related issues and to prepare for how we manage water in the future.

Events include the film, “DamNation”, part of the Green Film Series tonight at 7:00–as well as speakers, panel discussions and an art exhibit next week.

Here is the schedule:


World Water Day events include:

Thursday, March 19

Green Film Series: “DamNation”

Forestry G002, 7 p.m.


This film explores changes in national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to growing awareness that our future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. The showing will be approximately 87 minutes long, and Joseph Wagenbrenner, assistant professor of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science will lead a discussion afterwards.


Monday, March 23

Poster Session:

Students will be present for discussions about their posters from 2:30-4:00 p.m. in the first floor hallway of the GLRC. Posters will remain on display through Tuesday, February 24.


Distinguished Speaker:

Professor Peter Goodwin will present a lecture on “River Restoration and Flood Management”.  Goodwin is the director of the Center for Ecohydraulics Research at the University of Idaho and also served as the science director for the California Delta Program. He is the DeVlieg Presidential Professor in Ecohydraulics and Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Idaho.

GLRC 202, 4 p.m., reception following


Art Exhibit:

“The Texture of Water”

Guest Artists:  Jamie Allen (painting), Tom Rudd (sculpture), Paul Rose (photography)

Tom Rudd will be on hand to give an introduction to his sculptures in the art exhibit at 3:30 p.m. in GLRC 201. The exhibit will run through the end of April.


Tuesday, March 24

Panel Discussion:

“What role will dams play in future water resource management?”

GLRC 202, 9 a.m.

Panel moderator: Latika Lagalo, School of Business and Economics

Panel members:

Peter Goodwin, Professor of Civil Engineering, Center for Ecohydraulics Research, University of Idaho, specializing in Geomorphology in River Restoration

Bill Leder, president, Copper Country Trout Unlimited and professor of civil engineering at Michigan Tech

Dave Rulison, Otter Lake Property Owners Association

Jim Pawloski, Michigan Department of Natural Resource Water Resources Division, Dam Safety  

World Water Day events at Michigan Tech are sponsored by the Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society, the Great Lakes Research Center, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Keweenaw Land Trust, and Michigan Tech Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

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