Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Humans and Water: Managing our Most Precious Resource

Date and Time
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.


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Access to water is a main component in human survival throughout history. Clean drinking water, plentiful water for agriculture, navigable waterways for commerce, rivers for hydropower, water sources for fisheries — all of these aquatic considerations and many more drive whether entire societies succeed or fail. Dive in with the Duke Alumni Forever Learning Institute as they explore the liquid of life in the World of Water webinar series.

Seventy years ago, a presidential commission identified a set of grand water challenges facing the United States—a list that proved to be prescient. Looking back at this list and which of its recommendations were implemented, ignored, and simply ahead of their time can help set the context for the nation’s water needs today. Join to discuss water issues that have emerged since the list’s creation and explore the most pressing water policy issues for the coming decade.


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Martin Doyle, Professor of River Systems Science and Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment and Director of Water Policy, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy