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My grad advisor is giving this talk and I just listened to him speak to my stream ecology class here at CU. It should be very good if you're interested.


Professor William M. Lewis Jr. of the University of Colorado at Boulder will lecture Nov. 12 on a controversy involving the Endangered Species Act that has received coast-to-coast attention.

"Science, Policy and Politics in the Klamath Basin" will begin at 7 p.m. in the Chautauqua Community House at 900 Baseline Road in Boulder. The talk is part of the 2003-04 Chancellor's Community Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Protection of three fish species in Oregon's Klamath River basin under the Endangered Species Act became a heated topic in 2001 when it caused the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to withhold water from 220,000 acres of irrigated farmland. Irrigators and others concerned about the negative economic effects questioned the reasoning behind the closure, Lewis said. On the other hand, Indian tribes and environmental interests supported the federal action as appropriate and necessary to protect the species. Lewis' talk will highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the Endangered Species Act through this case study and draw lessons for the future.

Lewis is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of the Center for Limnology in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).

The event is one of nine public lectures presented by CU-Boulder faculty in 2003-04 on the theme "Healing the West." The series is sponsored by the CU-Boulder Chancellor's Office, the CU-Boulder Center of the American West and the Colorado Chautauqua Association.
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