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Workshops on Colorado River slated

March 07, 2002|STAFF REPORT

Pioneers' Museum and the California Humanities Council are sponsoring a series of workshops to address the critical role of the Colorado River, a body of water that is the focus of water transfers in the state.

The first discussion is set for 6:30 tonight in Pioneers' Museum at the corner of Highway 111 and Aten Road across from Imperial Valley College.

Tonight's discussion will involve a lecture on "water wars" and will feature attorney Bill Swan, one of the nation's leading experts on the legal aspects of the river, which ties seven states together, along with Baja California in Mexico.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The water wars lecture is part of a seven-state humanities council project that will focus on the river. The series is titled "Moving Waters: the Colorado River and the West."

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The goal of the series is to tell the story of the river and its watershed.

A press release from the humanities council states, "Although 25 million people are dependent on the Colorado River, few are aware of its presence.

"In the past decisions about the river were made by big business and government. Today, the public has an opportunity to take part in those decisions.

California, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming are the seven states that depend on the river for water. Those states are participating in the lecture series and other programs tied to the river issue.

Such programs have been funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Ford Foundation.

Swan has been an outside attorney for the Imperial Irrigation District on the proposed transfer of water from the Imperial Valley to the San Diego County Water Authority.

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