Canceled: Top USGS Expert to Address Mounting Water Resource Challenges

**This event has been canceled because of poor travel conditions due to winter weather.**

Jerad Bales

Jerad Bales

Water will be on tap Monday, January 25, when US Geological Survey expert Jerad Bales comes to the College of Engineering for a lecture.

Bales, who serves as the USGS’s national chief scientist for water, will address growing concerns and issues related to water availability, challenges, and safety in his lecture, “Water Resources in a Time of Extremes,” at 4:30 in Room 405 of the John D. Tickle Engineering Building.

Pressures placed on our limited freshwater resources by population changes—both in growth and in migration—and by climatic factors have created a time of uncertainty in planning for future needs.

Bales, the leading expert in the United States on such issues, will discuss the importance of finding new ways of using and conserving water, particularly in areas such as agriculture and energy production that are vital to humanity.

His visit includes work with the State of Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, which is part of the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment at UT, and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The center, a federally designated state research institute supported in part by the USGS, serves as a primary link between researchers, businesses, and government entities in the critical area of water resources.

In addition to his USGS role, Bales has testified or worked with such bodies as the United Nations, the National Science Foundation, and the National Science and Technology Council.

C O N T A C T :

David Goddard (865-974-0683, david.goddard@utk.edu)