SLAC Colloquium Series

SLAC Colloquium Series


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Water, Bonds, Politics and Fish: Shaping and Reshaping the Future of California’s Water Resources

Date: 4/26/2010

David Freyberg
Stanford University

What makes for a sustainable water resource for California? We have some extraordinarily important and challenging decisions to make, both locally and statewide, in the next decade as we confront more people and fewer fish, more rain and less snow, old dams and new budgets. How do we make decisions in the face of all this complexity and change? I'll try to untangle some of the issues, sort out fact from fiction, and explore some alternate futures for California's water resources.

David L. Freyberg is Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and, by courtesy, of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University. He is also Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at the Woods Institute for the Environment and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He has been on the faculty since 1981. His path to Stanford began on Lake Erie in Ohio, where he first became immersed in water as a competitive swimmer. He then earned undergraduate degrees in Engineering Science (A.B.) and Environmental Engineering (B.E.) from Dartmouth College in 1972. Following three years working in the water resources department of a consulting firm in Boston, MA, he headed west to Stanford for graduate work, where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Hydrology, Hydraulics, and Hydromechanics in 1977 and 1981, respectively. He's been there ever since.

Professor Freyberg is currently working with students studying the hydrology of wetland ecosystems, the quantification and valuation of hydrologic ecosystem services, sediment accumulation in reservoirs, the exchange of water between reservoirs and their trapped sediments (especially Stanford's own Searsville Lake), the fate of old, sediment-impacted dams and potential responses to their removal, and the pedagogy of fluid mechanics and engineering design. He maintains a strong interest in water resources development, policy and history, particularly in North America, the American West, the Middle East, and Asia. He is a co-author of the widely used textbook, Water-Resources Engineering.

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