Water Policy Expert to Visit Texas Tech

Daniel Craig McCool will discuss the Ogallala Aquifer and its relation to the Katrina Syndrome.

Daniel Craig McCool, professor of political science at the University of Utah, will visit Texas Tech University at 4:30 p.m. April 17 to speak on his recently published book, “River Republic,” which focuses on environmental issues and water policy.

McCool is director of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program and co-director of sustainability curriculum development at the University of Utah.

David Hamilton, director of the graduate Public Administration program in the Department of Political Science, said he is pleased to have a water policy expert visit Lubbock.

McCool’s presentation, “The Katrina Syndrome,” proposes natural disasters are the result of human-made disasters. These events result from poor planning, short-sighted development decisions and a willingness to ignore ecological variables.

A topic of discussion during McCool’s presentation will be the Ogallala Aquifer and its relation to the Katrina Syndrome.

“His presentation should be informative and valuable as West Texas continues to grapple with drought conditions,” Hamilton said.

McCool has been a consultant to numerous organizations, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the use of long-range weather data in water management planning.

The event takes place at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center at Texas Tech and will be followed by a reception. The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, contact Era Ibarra at era.ibarra@ttu.edu or (806) 742-3125 by April 12.

The event is sponsored by the Political Science Department and the Public Administration program at Texas Tech.


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The Department of Political Science is in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The department offers graduate study in American politics, public administration, comparative politics, international relations and political theory.

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