Environmentalist, climber, filmmaker and author Jonathan Waterman will present a lecture on his latest book, Running Dry: A Journey from Source to Sea Down the Colorado River, on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center.
The lecture, sponsored by the Writing Program, Environmental Studies Program and Outdoor Leadership Center, will be followed by a book signing and is free and open to the public.
Running Dry is the culmination of a four-year journey and research project that involved a 1,450-mile paddle down the Colorado River and a photographic investigation of 16 drying rivers from the Rio Grande to the Tijuana. The Colorado, once a raging river that flowed from the Rocky Mountains south all the way to the Pacific Ocean, has been tapped so aggressively by major cities in the Southwest that it now trickles dry in the deserts of northern Mexico, 90 miles from the Sea of Cortez. Waterman’s book is the story of his trip on the river and the conclusions he drew from it.
Waterman is the author of 11 books, including In the Shadow of Denali: Life and Death on Alaska’s Mt. McKinley, High Alaska: A Historical Guide to Denali, Mount Foraker and Mount Hunter, and Cloud Dancer: Portraits of North American Mountaineers. His awards for writing include The Banff Book Festival's Best Adventure Travel book (1995, 2001, 2010), The National Park Service Special Achievement Award (1984), and Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award (2006).