Events & Media



"Climate Change, Bathtub Rings and Low-Flow Toilets:
New Realities for Western Water"

Dan Beard
Author, Deadbeat Dams
Former Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"Dan Beard is a remarkable figure in American water policy. Having served in Washington for decades, including tenure as head of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, he speaks with vast and deep experience. His message — that we need to fundamentally rethink water management — is profound."

— Robert Wilkinson, Faculty Host

America is facing a water crisis, and nowhere is this more evident than in California and the West. How are we responding to this rapidly growing crisis? We’re not. In discussing the desperate need to change western water policies, Dan Beard, author of Deadbeat Dams, will expose the lack of common sense, the corruption, and the waste of taxpayers’ money that he has witnessed over a government career spanning three decades. He will detail the faults of the present system of federally assisted water-management efforts and provide an agenda for reform that can be used as ammunition by a new generation of water reformers.

Dan Beard has been a forceful advocate for water-policy reform for nearly four decades. He has extensive experience working in the government and private sectors. His government positions include appointments at the White House and in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Department of the Interior. His non-governmental experience includes work as a consultant and an advocate with several private companies and environmental groups.

Mr. Beard has spoken to audiences throughout the United States, Japan, China, Bulgaria, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. He has been interviewed on numerous television news programs, as well as on local radio stations and National Public Radio, and has appeared in various documentaries and on the Discovery Channel. He has written opinion pieces for such leading media outlets as Bloomberg View, The New York Times, and the San Jose Mercury News.

NOTE: Bren School seminars are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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