On Monday, (12:30-2:00 in Tishman,) there will be three talks on water and the issues surrounding its use. I plan on attending the lecture on the potential for increasing the use of hydroelectric power in Vermont.
The first lecture is by our own Tim Schroeder, giving a background lecture on the geologic and climactic aspects of how freshwater resources are distributed around the globe.
There will be a lecture in CAPA from 4:10-6:00 about the political and legislative challenges that are faced when dealing with water issues. This talk will be given by the two founders of the organization Waters Without Borders, and Bennington professor Elizabeth Goodman.
A discussion of the potential for hydroelectricity as a source of renewable energy in Vermont will take place at 7:00 pm in Tishman. Vermont was once powered entirely by hydro power, but its use has declined substantially since steam combustion engines became prevalent in industry. Subsequently, there are many unused dams in Vermont that could be retrofitted and used again. This issue can be controversial. Panelists include a series of Bennington community members, state legislators, and conservationists.