Professor Denise Fort accepted an invitation to participate in “Water in the Colorado River Basin”, a day-long summit that addressed the growing water crisis in the West. The informal meeting at the Redford Center, part of Robert Redford’s Sundance Preserve in Utah, convened people, in a neutral and inspiring setting, who discussed diverse viewpoints on water issues in the West.
Former Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, Bidtah Becker (`00) and John Echohawk (`70), executive director of the Native American Rights Fund, also participated in the meeting. The summit was co-sponsored by the Redford Center and Duke University’s School of the Environment.
“This was a very unusual water meeting; a singer/songwriter (John Forte) participated and a visual artist presented the discussion in an intriguing way. James Redford, Robert Redford’s filmmaker son, and another filmmaker, helped us think about how we communicate with people who aren’t experts in water,” said Fort. “The format gave time to really listen to people from a wide variety of backgrounds: from a manager of Los Angeles’ water supply to a representative of Latino farmers, the mayor of Flagstaff, students and many others.”