'Watershed Event: Exploring a New Water Ethic for Minnesota' April 11 at Mill City Museum

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Release dated: 
March 19, 2014
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
Laura Salveson, Mill City Museum, 612-341-7499, laura.salveson@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Event: "Watershed Event: Exploring a New Water Ethic for Minnesota"
Date: Friday, April 11
Time: 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Symposium schedule: panel 3 to 5:30 p.m., social hour 5:30 to 7 p.m.; film screening 7 to 8 p.m.; panel 8 to 9:30 p.m.)
Place: Mill City Museum, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis MN 55401
Phone: 612-341-7555
Email: mcm@mnhs.org
Website: millcitymuseum.org

'Watershed Event: Exploring a New Water Ethic for Minnesota' April 11 at Mill City Museum

Join Mill City Museum on Friday, April 11, from 3 to 9:30 p.m. for "Watershed Event: Exploring a New Water Ethic for Minnesota," a public symposium on future scenarios and imagined solutions to clean, abundant water in Minnesota.

Mississippi River

The free symposium is hosted by the University of Minnesota Students for Design Activism and includes a panel discussion and the premier screening of "Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West."

The schedule of events includes:

  • 3 to 5:30 p.m.: Building a Future for Water: Transforming Practice, Policy and Implementation.
    In this panel session, keynote speaker Bill Wenk, landscape architect of the St. Paul Great River Passage, will speak about the past and future realities of living and working in an arid climate and open the conversation to panelists and the audience for envisioning the bridge between the small-scale strategies and the large-scale problems facing the future of Minnesota’s waters. Panelists include: Brian Hicks, Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition; John Linc Stine, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner; and moderator: Dave Peters, journalist for Minnesota Public Radio’s "Ground Level"
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m.: Food, drink and informal conversation.
  • 7 to 8 p.m.: "Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West."
    "Watershed" examines the questions raised by the personal, economic and environmental use and value of water that is used and transported from the headwaters of the Colorado River to its outlets in the Southwest. The challenges faced by those in the West are similar to those faced here in Minnesota.
  • 8 to 9:30 p.m.: Steps Towards Change: Resources for a New Water Ethic in Minnesota.
    Using the movie "Watershed" as a launching point, this panel session will address current changes in the landscape and the visible decline of quantity and quality of Minnesota's water. Panelists include: Sharon Day, Executive Director of the Indigenous Peoples’ Task Force; Deborah Swackhamer, Co-Director of the U of M's Water Resources Center; and Matt Tucker, University of Minnesota Professor of Landscape Architecture.

For more information visit the Watershed Event website.

Watershed Event is co-curated by Floodplain Collective, University of Minnesota Department of Landscape Architecture, and Mill City Museum. It is hosted by the University of Minnesota Students for Design Activism. All programs are free and open to the public.

About Mill City Museum
Built within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, a National Historic Landmark, the award-winning Mill City Museum chronicles the flour milling industry that fueled the growth of Minneapolis. The story comes to life through the eight-story Flour Tower, Water Lab, Baking Lab and other hands-on exhibits.

The museum is located at 704 S. Second St. in Minneapolis. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The site is also open Mondays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August. For more information, call 612-341-7555 or visit www.millcitymuseum.org.

The Society's calendar of events is posted online at mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.