John Fleck, Director of the University of New Mexico’s Water Resources Program, author and retired water journalist, joins The Water Values Podcast for a discussion of water journalism and why it (and other areas of journalism) are so important to a citizenry understanding their government. He also delves into his journey where he flipped from seeing a water apocalypse to seeing a world where adaptation and collaboration have produced tremendous water success stories. John is an excellent story-teller, so you don’t want to miss this one!
In this session, you’ll learn about:
- Why water journalism (and journalism in general) is imporant
- Water journalism’s role in educating people about water governance
- The cultural awareness of water in arid regions
- The roots of the West’s apocalyptic water tradition
- Why John ultimately renounced the apocalyptic water vision
- The water success story of Albuquerque
- John’s thoughts on the West’s growth with water as a limiting factor
- John’s thoughts on our ability to conserve water
- John’s thoughts on water and agricultural uses
- How Colorado River politics have changed over the years
- Who water negotiations in the West need to bring to the table
Resources and links mentioned in or relevant to this session include:
- John’s bio on the University of New Mexico website
- John’s Twitter handle: @jfleck
- John’s inkstain blog
- University of New Mexico Water Resources Program
- Articles by Matt Jenkins of High Country News
- TWV 005: Are We Prepared for Increasing Water Scarcity? with John Entsminger
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