"Water in Arizona: Past, Present, Future" with Dr. Paul Hirt, Part of the Navigating Waters program series
Water is Arizona's most precious resource. Yet few people know where their water comes from, who provides it, how its quality is assured, or how secure future water supplies are for Arizona's 6 million residents. We face very serious water supply sustainability challenges in the coming decades as the state continues to grow and the climate becomes warmer and drier. When there is a shortage, who has priority? Who makes these critical decisions about our water future? ASU Professor of History and Sustainability Paul Hirt takes us on a bird's eye view of the past, present, and future of water in Arizona. Hirt is the state scholar for the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibition.
Paul Hirt is the State Scholar for Water/Ways. He is a historian specializing in the American West, environmental history, environmental policy and sustainability studies. Hirt’s publications include a monograph on the history of electric power in the U.S. Northwest and British Columbia, titled The Wired Northwest. He also published a history of national forest management since WWII titled A Conspiracy of Optimism and edited two collections of essays on Northwest history (Terra Pacifica, 1998 and Northwest Lands, Northwest Peoples, 1999). Professor Hirt has also authored more than two-dozen articles and book chapters on environmental and western history and policy. His current research projects include collaborative interdisciplinary research on energy transitions, water use and conservation, urban growth and sustainability in southern Arizona and adaptive management in the Colorado River Basin.
For more programs and info about Water/Ways, visit azhumanities.org/waterwaysAZ