On Wednesday, April 20, Jim Holbrook, Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, will moderate a panel titled “The Politics of Water: Global and Local Issues.” The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory, on the Westminster College campus. The panel discussion will be preceded by a reception at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Panelist include Jeff Niermeyer, director, Salt Lake Public Utilities; Lee Kapaloski, attorney, Parsons Behle and Latimer; Dr. Scott Benson, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family and Preventative Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine; and Holbrook.
The panel is sponsored by the Utah Chapter of the Fulbright Association and Westminster College,
“My interest in international water management grew out of my roles as Chief of Party in Baghdad and then Principal Investigator in Salt Lake City for the law school’s Global Justice Project: Iraq,” Holbrook explained. “There, I learned that Iraq is experiencing a desperate water crisis due to drought, consumption, pollution, and water flow issues in the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. I therefore agreed to become a member of the Mesopotamian Water Efficiency Process (MWEP) Team, which is a private, non-profit, citizens’ initiative to promote and facilitate cooperative and integrated water planning and management among the governments of Turkey, Syria, and Iraq regarding the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in the Mesopotamian Basin. Implementation of MWEP will require participation of the three regional participants (Turkey, Syria, and Iraq) and envisions assistance from U.S. centers of water science and technology expertise (e.g., the US Bureau of Reclamation and US Geological Survey) and US Government funding support.”
The invitation to the event can be viewed here.