WaterPresenter: Laura S. Ziemer

Dates: Monday, Oct. 26

Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: C’mon Inn

Side Trip Info: The planet’s seventh-largest economy is soul searching. Is there a natural limit to stratospheric economic growth? Is California running out of water? Will California’s 7.12 billion dollar bond be enough to finance its way out of water scarcity? In “Fight for the Waterhole,” we will look at climatic trends that are calling into question water security for many parts of the world. Coming closer to home, we will look at what California’s water woes have to teach the rest of us about sustainable water use. We will conclude by examining how Montana is creating a forward-looking path to water security.

Instructor Bio:
Laura ZiemarLaura Ziemer initiated Trout Unlimited’s (TU’s) water efforts by establishing the Montana Water Project office in 1998. She has helped grow TU’s water work to eight states (MT, CO, WY, ID, UT, NM, and CA) to restore and maintain stream flows for healthy cold-water fisheries. She currently serves as TU’s Senior Counsel and Water Policy Advisor. A lawyer specializing in water law, Laura’s work also draws on her education and experience in resource ecology and natural resources.

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