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College of Arts and Sciences Lecture Series: 2016-2016 Flooding in the Shreveport-Bossier Area: What Has Been Learned? Should I Build an Ark?

Date and Time
Friday September 22, 2017 11:00am
 
Description

As humans we have learned to control, to a degree, and make beneficial use of water. In doing so, we have stressed natural water systems by adapting them to our needs, whether as sources of drinking water, support for growth of food sources, power generation, transportation, waste removal, recreation, or esthetic value. Maintaining sustainable ecosystems has not been a priority. The public rarely shows interest in water unless a shortage occurs (drought or contamination) or it becomes too abundant (floods that pose risks to lives or property).When these water-related issues arise, multi-level government entities need locally-based watershed management resources to aid in addressing the problems. Embedding a watershed management entity in a regional university can serve to educate university students, faculty, governing bodies, K-12 teachers and students, and serve the public through outreach activities. The Red River Watershed Management Institute (RRWM) is just such a resource. This talk will discuss the work of the Institute, and particularly the role it has played and is still playing in acquiring and evaluating data from the 2015-2016 flooding in the Shreveport-Bossier area.