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Noted expert to address Great Lakes water management

March 24, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Challenges in managing Great Lakes water resources will be addressed by the University of Wisconsin's Dr. Jean Bahr in a public lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, March 31, in 1104 Rood Hall at Western Michigan University.

"Midwest Water Follies: Some Current Challenges in Managing Water Resources of the Great Lakes Basin" will examine problems facing the largest network of fresh surface water in the world and the vast reserves of ground water in the basin. A fundamental concern is government policies that deal with surface and ground water as separate issues and not as a single, interdependent resource.

Bahr has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 21 years and has served as department chair since 2005. She has previously been employed as a hydrologist in both Canada and the United States, including an appointment with the Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif. She holds a doctoral degree in hydrology from Stanford University.

A reception will follow Bahr's presentation, which is sponsored by the Women's Caucus in the WMU College of Arts and Sciences. For information about other programs sponsored by the caucus, visit wmich.edu/womenscaucus or contact Dr. Elke Schoffers, associate professor of chemistry, at elke.schoffers@wmich.edu.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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