For Immediate Release:

Jon Kimberling, Palouse Basin Water Summit co-founder, jon@kimberlinginsurance.com, (208) 882-4414; 

Paul Kimmell, Palouse Basin Water Summit co-founder, paul.kimmell@avistacorp.com, (509) 336-6236;

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Chasing Water --
Moving From Scarcity to Sustainability 

2019 Palouse Basin Water Summit Set for 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., October 10, 2019 
at the SEL Event Center

Keynote: Brian Richter, Author -Chasing Water --
A Guide for Moving from Scarcity to Sustainability

Water scarcity is spreading and intensifying in many regions of the world, with dire consequences for local communities, economies, and freshwater ecosystems. Current approaches tend to rely on policies crafted at the state or national level, which on their own have proved insufficient to arrest water scarcity. For water plans to be durable and effective, they must be informed by the culture, economics, and varied needs of affected community members.
International water expert Brian Richter argues that sustainable water sharing in the twenty-first century can only happen through open, democratic dialogue and local collective action. In Chasing Water, Richter tells a cohesive and complete story of water scarcity: where it is happening, what is causing it, and how it can be addressed. Through his engaging and nontechnical style, he strips away the complexities of water management to its bare essentials, providing information and practical examples that will empower community leaders, activists, and students to develop successful and long-lasting water programs. Chasing Water will provide local stakeholders with the tools and knowledge they need to take an active role in the watershed-based planning and implementation that are essential for water supplies to remain sustainable in perpetuity.
Please join us for the 16th Annual Palouse Basin Water Summit on Thursday, October 10th at the SEL Event Center from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm for this important community conversation about our Palouse Basin water supplies.
in addition to Richter, the Summit will feature local water experts and scientists who will share information and perspectives about our water resources, climate change, and conservation updates including Korey Woodley, PBAC Executive Manager; Julie Padowski, Assistant Director of WSU's Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach (CEREO) and Clinical Assistant Professor with the State of Washington Water Research Center; and Adrienne Marshall, Postdoctoral Fellow, Water Resources Program at the University of Idaho.
"This important community conversation is free and the public is encouraged to attend. It's really critical that we engage with our Palouse communities on this important issue," notes Robin Nimmer, Senior Hydrogeologist with Alta Science & Engineering and Palouse Basin Water Summit board member.

For more information, visit: www.palousebasinwatersummit.org or visit and like our Facebook page.


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About the 2019 Keynote:

Brian Richter has been a global leader in water science and conservation for more than 30 years. He is the president of Sustainable Waters, a global water education organization, where he promotes sustainable water use and management with governments, corporations, universities, and local communities. He previously served as managing director for the Global Water Program of The Nature Conservancy, an international conservation organization. Brian has consulted on more than 150 water projects worldwide. He serves as a water advisor to some of the world's largest corporations, investment banks, and the United Nations, and has testified before the US Congress on multiple occasions. He also teaches a course on water sustainability at the University of Virginia.
Brian has developed numerous scientific tools and methods to support river protection and restoration efforts, including the Indicators of Hydrologic Alteration software that is being used by water managers and scientists worldwide. Brian was featured in a BBC documentary with David Attenborough on "How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth?"  He has published many scientific papers on the importance of ecologically sustainable water management in international science journals; the impact rating of his peer-reviewed journal papers places him within the top 10% of all scientists worldwide. He coauthored a book with Sandra Postel entitled Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature. His latest book, Chasing Water: A Guide for Moving from Scarcity to Sustainability, has now been published in five languages. 

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