‘Water and Law in Chile, California’ topic for March 29 talk at USU

LOGAN – America’s west coasts: Chile. California. Both, sites of pioneering, international cases of water and energy development. Utah State University welcomes University of Arizona scholar Carl Bauer, who will address these similar, yet unique cases in a campus talk Thursday, March 29. Bauer presents “Water and Law in Chile and California: 1960s to Present” as guest speaker for USU College of Natural Resources’ third annual Distinguished Geographer Lecture. His talk, free and open to all, begins at 6 p.m. in Room 101 of the Merrill-Cazier Library. “Dr. Bauer is an expert on the problems of water rights and water policy at the intersection of geography, law, politics and economics,” says Sarah Null, lecture coordinator and assistant professor in USU’s Department of Watershed Sciences. “His talk bridges the gap between academic and policy audiences and will be of interest to people from a broad range of disciplines.” Bauer’s regional emphasis is the western United States and Latin America, especially Chile, where he has lived and worked for many years. At USU, he will discuss part of a new project that compares Chile and California over the past half-century. Part of his comparison is a history of bilateral relationships between Chile and California, both between governments and in scientific and policy research and education. The talk will present work in progress about the roles of water and law in the Chile/California programs. Bauer is an associate professor in UA’s School of Geography and Development. Prior to his current appointment, he served as a researcher with Resources for the Future in Washington, D.C. Bauer’s visit is made possible by support from the Association of American Geographers Visiting Geographical Scientist Program, USU’s Department of Environment and Society and USU’s Department of Watershed Sciences. “We offer the Distinguished Geographer Lecture to the USU and Cache Valley community to highlight our geography degree program,” Null says. The College of Natural Resources introduced a revised, interdepartmental undergraduate geography degree program at the start of the 2009-10 academic year that allows students to choose between emphases in human-environment geography, physical geography or geographical analysis and bioregional planning.

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