Student Water Symposium puts H20 in the spotlight

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April 11, 2019

The second annual Student Water Symposium, “Water E-Quality: The Quest for Protection and Access,” is happening at Northern Arizona University this month. Held during Earth Week, the event encourages the NAU community to learn more about water-related issues and become active participants in developing collaborative solutions.

In addition to a number of student research presentations, the symposium includes community discussions, film screenings and speakers addressing topics of concern in the water world. The action takes place throughout the day on April 18-19.

On both days, student presentations will be given in the University Union’s Havasupai Rooms. Presentations incorporate a range of student interests in water issues including research, personal literary work, art installations or other creative projects. Free admission and food is offered to the NAU and Flagstaff communities.

Thursday evening will feature a discussion led by mining engineer and fracking expert Kevin Gibson as well as a screening of “Water Warriors” and “Coconino,” films about communities who came together in the effort to protect their water from major fracking industries.

Friday evening, Karletta Chief will deliver the symposium’s keynote address “When the River Turned Yellow: Responding to Diné concerns in the aftermath of the Gold King Mine Spill.” Chief is an assistant professor and assistant specialist in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arizona. Prior to the address, a raffle will be held for items donated by local businesses. Tickets will be available for purchase during the duration of the symposium and proceeds will help fund next year’s event. Student awards will also be presented as part of the evening’s activities.

For a detailed schedule and more information on the Student Water Symposium, visit the event web page.

Cheyenne Jarrette