The New England Aquarium has been providing free lectures and films by scientists, environmental writers, photographers and others since 1972. The Aquarium Lecture Series is presented free to the public through the generosity of the Lowell Institute, which has been providing funding for free public lectures at universities and museums since 1836.
On Monday, October 25, join author and photographer Jonathan Waterman as he speaks about the subject of his book Running Dry: A Journey from Source to Sea Down the Colorado River. Feats of engineering and human ingenuity have made it possible for the Colorado River to irrigate 3.5 million acres of farmland and support 30 million people on arid lands throughout the western U.S. and northern Mexico.
Distant cities, including some of the fastest growing in the nationâ€”L.A., Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, and Albuquerqueâ€”depend upon its waters and have transformed it into one of the most diverted and litigated rivers in the world. The Colorado now reaches the sea only in the wettest of years and the Delta, once one of the greatest desert estuaries in the world, has been reduced to a veritable wasteland.
Jonâ€™s unprecedented paddling journey down the 1,450 mile Colorado River, is detailed in his book, Running Dry, as he deposits his motherâ€™s ashes in the headwaters then investigates the remains of the westâ€™s most iconic waterway. A starred review in Booklist calls it “An evocative and bold take on a river and what winning the West really meansâ€¦.”
Lectures are free and open to the public. Registration is requested. All programs start at 7 p.m. in the Aquarium’s Harborside Learning Lab. Programs last approximately one hour followed by a reception.Â To register, call Amanda Kelley at 617-269-7171, or log on to www.neaq.org.