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Noted author Robert Glennon to speak on critical water issues

Glennon leads off lecture series sponsored by Freshwater Society and University of Minnesota

Contacts: Patty Mattern, University News Service,, (612) 624-6204
Patrick Sweeney, Freshwater Society,, (763) 219-1261

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (02/05/2010) —Robert Glennon, the author of two recent books arguing that Americans overuse and abuse water resources, will talk about the "urgent water crisis" in our country in a public lecture from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22, at the University of Minnesota's St. Paul Student Center Theater, 2017 Buford Ave., St. Paul.

The free lecture kicks off the Moos Family Speaker Series, which is co-sponsored by the Freshwater Society and the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences using funds from an endowment established by physician Dan Moos and his wife Catherine Moos in honor of Malcolm Moos, president of the University of Minnesota from 1967 to 1974.

Glennon, a University of Arizona professor of law and public policy, writes with authority, passion and humor about the way Americans use their water. His latest book, "Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What to Do About It," was published in March 2009 by Island Press. It is a sequel to Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America's Fresh Waters," published in 2002.

Glennon calls for a market approach to allocating water among competing interests and suggests we may need a national tax on water. He also argues that Americans will need to find ways to reuse the vast quantities of water we now use to dispose of human waste.

A panel of Minnesota water experts will respond to Glennon's comments. Robert Elde, dean of the College of Biological Sciences, and Gene Merriam, president of the Freshwater Society, will moderate.

The Moos Family Speaker Series celebrates 2010 -- "The Year of Water," a yearlong series of activities organized by the Freshwater Society to increase public awareness about water issues. Future lectures will cover pharmaceuticals and endocrine-disrupting compounds in water, the impact of climate change on water resources, and the pollution of lakes and rivers from multiple, diffuse sources.

The series will provide a forum for sharing knowledge about water issues and addressing them through public policy and community engagement.

The St. Paul Student Center Theater is located at 2017 Buford St. near Cleveland Avenue on the University of Minnesota -- St. Paul Campus. Glennon's talk is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. To register, go to

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