The “Water Values” podcast: John Fleck on the Importance of Water Journalism and Western Water Myths

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John Fleck, Director of the University of New Mexico’s Water Resources Program, author and retired water journalist, joins The Water Values Podcast for a discussion of water journalism and why it (and other areas of journalism) are so important to a citizenry understanding their government. He also delves into his journey where he flipped from seeing a water apocalypse to seeing a world where adaptation and collaboration have produced tremendous water success stories. John is an excellent story-teller, so you don’t want to miss this one!

In this session, you’ll learn about:

  • Why water journalism (and journalism in general) is imporant
  • Water journalism’s role in educating people about water governance
  • The cultural awareness of water in arid regions
  • The roots of the West’s apocalyptic water tradition
  • Why John ultimately renounced the apocalyptic water vision
  • The water success story of Albuquerque
  • John’s thoughts on the West’s growth with water as a limiting factor
  • John’s thoughts on our ability to conserve water
  • John’s thoughts on water and agricultural uses
  • How Colorado River politics have changed over the years
  • Who water negotiations in the West need to bring to the table
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