7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium (Room 130) of the Eccles Science Learning Center on the USU campus. (For directions, click here.)

Water gushes from bypass tubes of Glen Canyon Dam during a 2004 high flow experiment, one of several releases conducted since 1996. Schmidt has helped lead the efforts to protect downstream resources in Grand Canyon National Park. Courtesy Dale Blank, USGS.

  Dr. Jack Schmidt

USU professor and chief of the USGS Grand Canyon Research and Monitoring Center, Schmidt is the recipient of the 2009 Regional Director's Award for Natural Resources Research from the Intermountain Region Office of the National Park Service. He is featured speaker for Science Unwrapped's Friday, March 29 presentation, at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Science Learning Center auditorium. 


"A River Run Through"

Flowing from headwaters in the Rocky Mountains, the 1,500-mile-long Colorado River travels through some of the most iconic and picturesque landscapes of the American West, including Grand Canyon National Park. But more than 30 million people in the southwestern United States and another two million Mexican residents rely on the waterway and its tributaries for life-sustaining water and power. The Colorado and its western counterparts are caught in a precarious tug–of–war between competing, unrelenting interests that threaten the river's future.

Jack Schmidt, professor in USU's Department of Watershed Sciences and head of the U.S. Geological Survey's Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, has long studied the highly diverted river. He's among the team of scientists that designed a series of controlled releases of water from Glen Canyon Dam, starting in 1996, in an effort to restore habitats altered by the use of dams.

Schmidt will discuss his research and conservation efforts on the river and talk about the tough decisions U.S. citizens face in determining how to manage the Colorado.

It's up to us, he says, to decide what kind of river the Colorado and other western rivers will ultimately become.

“We want it all but we can't have it all,” Schmidt says.

Following his talk, Science Unwrapped attendees are invited to enjoy free refreshments and a variety of hands-on learning activities.

Join us at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium (Room 130) of the Eccles Science Learning Center.