The Waters of Kansas: A Look at Kansans' Relationship to Water - Film Discussion
April 24, 2015, 4:00 PM CT
The Ogallala aquifer, backbone of Kansas agriculture, is 30% gone. Perennial streams are now classified as historic. Reservoirs are silting in and increasingly subject to toxic blue-green algae. The time is ripe for a statewide conversation about our water - how we've used it, how most of us take it for granted, and our struggle to account for future generations.
The Kansas Natural Resource Council, with help from the Kansas Humanities Council and the National Science Foundation-funded Biofuels and Climate Change: Farmers' Land Use Decisions research team, has produced a documentary film series featuring water resources and people from across Kansas who casually and intimately interact with groundwater or surface water, reservoirs or rivers. Each film touches on the history of developing and using a water source, competing interests, and how communities grappling with the future. Two, twenty minute films are featured at this event: "The Waters of Kansas - Cheyenne Bottoms", and "The Waters of Kansas - Farming over the Ogallala".
University of Kansas - Spooner Hall
1350 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045
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Sponsored by: Kansas Natural Resource Council