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Free Film Screening: Groundwater:
To Enact a Law for the Common Good

Kathleen Ferris

  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Morrison Institute for Public Policy, ASU

Dave White

  • Director
  • Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC), ASU

This event is at capacity. Seats will be released 10 min. before start time if they are available.

This documentary by filmmaker Michael Schiffer (writer of Colors, Lean on Me, and Crimson Tide) tells the true and inspiring story of the contentious battle among farms, cities, and mines in the late 1970s, which led, against all odds, to the passage of one of the most important water laws in America—The 1980 Arizona Groundwater Management Act—a major reason that our desert state still has water in this time of drought.

A post-film discussion will be led by Kathleen Ferris and Dave White.

Ferris has been involved in Arizona water issues for nearly 40 years. As executive director of the Arizona Groundwater Management Study Commission, her work with Governor Bruce Babbitt culminated in the passage of the 1980 Arizona Groundwater Management Act. She participated in the Act's negotiations and supervised its drafting, which continues to be one of the nation's most visionary laws for managing groundwater.

Dave White, in addition to leading DCDC, is a professor in the School of Community Resources and Development and a Senior Sustainability Scientist with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

Watch the trailer here.

A light lunch will be served.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.