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The MPA program at Texas Tech University is proud to host a variety of accomplished professionals from around the world as guest speakers to various department events.

Dan McCool

April 17, 2013

Dr. McCool spoke following the publication of his book River Republic (Columbia University Press, 2012). Dr. McCool discussed the "Katrina Syndrome" and how many of the so-called "natural" disasters we are experiencing are in fact human-made disasters. These events result from poor planning, short-sighted development decisions, and a willingness to ignore ecological variables. An example of the syndrome involves the Ogallala Aquifer, which was a central topic of discussion.

Professor McCool is Director, Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program at the University of Utah and Co-Director, University of Utah Sustainability Curriculum Development. He has authored, co-authored, or edited 9 books and several scholarly articles including “The River Commons: A New Era in U.S. Water Policy.” (University of Texas Law Review) He has been an invited speaker at symposiums and workshops on water policy, interviewed on water policy by Time Magazine and newspapers including the LA Times and Salt Lake Tribune, and been a guest on numerous radio and television stations. Professor McCool has been a consultant to numerous organizations including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on the use of long-range weather data in water management planning.