'Water Wars'


The campus' Green Living seminar series continues this semester with the focus on "Water Wars and Human Impacts." Sponsored by MCLA's Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC), the series' seminars center each semester around a different topic, selected for its timeliness and relevance to current sustainability issues.

According to series organizer and MCLA environmental studies professor Elena Traiser, there is an impending global water crisis.

"People are becoming more aware of global issues pertaining to global water quantity and quality," she said. "I hope this series will provide a broad, global understanding of this impending global water crisis for students and community members, as well as an understanding of how we can best manage our local water resources."

The next Green Living seminar will be held on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall, room 218, when Steve Frolking, a research professor of biogeochemical modeling at University of New Hampshire, will present "Climate Change, Population and Global Water Availability."

All Green Living presentations are free and open to the public.

Frolking (pictured right) will discuss how climate change and population growth are interacting to alter the availability of water in different regions.

The popularity of the Green Living series has grown steadily over the years, Traister said, attracting not only students, but a number of local residents to each presentation.

"The series is important because it provides an opportunity to learn about a sustainability-related issue over the course of the semester and to appreciate the global dimensions of the problem, as well as local opportunities for addressing the issue," she explained. "Students work on service-learning projects over the course of the semester that relate to the theme of the course, thereby putting new ideas into action and contributing to local sustainability efforts."

The presentations - delivered by local, regional and national experts - also are broadcast on local public access television on Fridays at 4 p.m., Sundays at 11:30 a.m., and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.

In addition, podcasts are available online at Community/berkshireenvironmentalresourcecenter/greenlivingseminars/

Future Green Living presentations include:

March 3, "Local Water Infrastructure," presented by Brad Furlon, operating manager at the Hoosac Water Quality District

March 10, "Water Quality in Massachusetts," presented by Cindy Delpapa, stream ecologist at the Massachusetts Riverways Program

March 24, "Future of Local Water Infrastructure," presented by Tim Lescarbeau, commissioner of public services for the City of North Adams

March 31, "Water Quality in Developing Countries," presented by Sarah Miller, Ph.D. candidate at Yale University                                                                                                                   

April 7, "Organic pollutants in local water," presented by David Richardson, professor of chemistry at Williams College

April 14, "Transboundary Challenges: Managing Water Resources of the Great Lakes," presented by Todd Ambs, president of the River Network                                

April 28, "A Better Approach to Water Management," presented by Shimon Anisfeld, senior lecturer and research scientist in water resources and environmental chemistry at Yale University

The series is sponsored by EOS Ventures, Inc. and Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, as well as the BERC and the MCLA environmental studies program. For more information, go to greenliving