Instructor: Gretchen Rupp

Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 13th  to Oct. 18th

Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

The course will use current questions and concerns as springboards to examine the major issues surrounding Earth’s most precious resource, at scales from the highly-local to the global. Where does my water come from, and how can I be confident of its quality? What went wrong in Flint, Michigan? Who has permits to pollute water, and how? How is it decided who gets to use water, when and where? How is water priced? Are there markets for water? Where can we realize benefits from water conservation? Globally - are there water wars? Are we running out of water? We’ll delve into these urgent questions, and many others.

Class Format: lecture & discussion

Readings (recommended): Unquenchable by Robert Glennon

Instructor Bio: Gretchen Rupp has been a licensed environmental engineer for 30+ years. She has worked in marine biology, consulting engineering, and education. She’s served at MSU since 1994, as an extension educator, instructor, and research administrator (Director, Montana Water Center, 2000-2012). In 2012-2013, she chaired the Technical Advisory Committee for the development of Bozeman’s Integrated Water Resource Plan.



MSU Wonderlust is a high-quality community resource for lifelong learning for the Bozeman area.  Here is university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects, some multi-week courses, some one-off events.  These offerings come free of homework, exams, or papers: The MSU Wonderlust experience is just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It's also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.

The Winter/Spring offerings begin with a reception at the Pilgrim Congregational Church from 4 to 6pm.  It's a chance to meet with the course instructors and side-trip presenters; find out more about their plans.  

Gerry Wheeler, President of Friends of Wonderlust