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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Western Wyoming Community College

Saturday University is a collaborative program connecting popular UW professors with Wyoming residents who have a desire to learn.  Saturday University is sponsored by the University of Wyoming, University of Wyoming Foundation and the Wyoming Humanities Council. The program is presented locally by western Wyoming Community College, the Wyoming Humanities Council, and the UW outreach School.

Montana v. Wyoming:  The Yellowstone River Compact in the U.S. Supreme Court”

Jason Robison  - Assistant Professor of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law

The U.S. Constitution allows states to form domestic “treaties” to reconcile their competing interests in interstate rivers.  These treaties are called interstate water compacts, and perhaps most significant among them for Wyoming in recent years has been the Yellowstone River Compact.  It has been at stake in the Supreme Court case of Montana v. Wyoming since 2007, and this presentation will survey the history and current status of this litigation.

Climate, Drought, and Water in the West

Jacqueline J. Shinker - Associate Professor of Geography, University of Wyoming

The intermountain west contains eight of the ten driest states in the country. Much of our water resources in the region are dependent upon the natural reservoirs of seasonal mountain snowpack. Costly droughts in the region impact water resources for agriculture, energy, recreation, and municipalities. This presentation will provide context for recent droughts and the impacts of climate on past, present, and future water resources in the West.

Climate Change in the Alpine Zone

Craig David Thompson - Professor of Engineering and Earth Science, Western Wyoming Community College

Overwhelming scientific evidence is that climate change will be most pronounced at higher latitudes and higher altitudes.  High-altitude alpine areas may see rapid ecological change as glaciers disappear.  Wyoming's nationally important Wind River Range glaciers buffer against climate change, but are disappearing.  What will happen when the glaciers are gone?

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