Past Conference

The Cost of Water: Who Benefits? Who Pays?

May 9, 2011 (7:00pm)
The Cottonwood Inn

Registration for this conference is now closed. Please call 406-994-0336 for more information.

Water has always been more or less abundant and free. Agriculture has flourished, our streams have sustained extraordinary fisheries, and communities have had adequate water supplies. But for how long will this be the case? What impacts and stressors does this resource face? Who will and who should benefit from important decisions made about water in the near and long term? And importantly, who will and should pay for this increasingly valuable resource?

Join us in Glasgow, in the shadow of the great Fort Peck Dam, for a discussion of these issues. Speakers include internationally known Maude Barlow, on the “right to water;” John Thorsen, who chairs the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee, and Larry Janis, Water Supply Business Line Manager in the Omaha office of the Corps of Engineers. The discussion will be wide ranging, involving water issues around the state. As always, we’ll be asking our speakers to define their roles and responsibility in connection with Montana’s water.

This non-partisan, statewide conference is just $30.00, which includes a hearty breakfast and lunch.

Many thanks to our 2011 sponsors, Exergy Development, the Tom and Teresa Quinn DAF of the Whitefish Community Foundation, for helping fund this event.

Past Events

Take a Bus to Glasgow?

The Wheeler Center has chartered a motorcoach to Glasgow and we encourage you to join us!  Our first-class Karst Stage coach will depart from Bozeman on Sunday, May 8, at 10:00am.  We'll pick up additional passengers in Livingston and Billings.  You'll need to reserve two nights at the Cottonwood Inn, and there is an option for a (free) tour of fort Peck Dam on Monday morning.  We will return to Bozeman at 10:00pm on Tuesday, May 10th.  We anticipate the per person cost at $100 or less. Call us at 994-0336  for more information and to reserve your spot!

Need more information? wheelercenter@montana.edu