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Environmental Trade-Offs: Dams Versus Salmon Panel at Pomona College

Pomona College will host a panel presentation on “Environmental Trade-Off: Dams Versus Salmon and the Battle to Save Aquatic Ecology in the American West,” on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, 7-8:30 p.m. The event is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend.

Giving an overview of the ecological impacts of hydropower will be Stephen M. Pauley, MD (Pomona ’62), a salmon expert, fisherman and author of the major monograph Saving Endangered Salmon and Steelhead on the Columbia-Snake Rivers. Todd True, senior staff attorney for the Earth Justice Legal Defense Fund, will provide insight from the frontlines of the legal battles between environmentalists, the government and agricultural interests. He is a past president of the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington and an advisor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Providing a summary of the history, utility and the positive aspects of hydropower will be David Tanenbaum, professor of physics at Pomona College, and Richard Hazlett, co-author of The American West at Risk: Science, Myths, and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery (Oxford University Press, 2008), coordinator of the Pomona College Environmental Analysis Program, professor of geology, and the Stephen Pauley M.D. ’62 Professor of Environmental Studies.

Former Riverside Superior Court Judge Dallas Holmes (Pomona ’62) will moderate the panel discussion, which will be held in Room 101 of the Pomona College Hahn Building (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont).