The Water Values Podcast launched just over a month ago with the release of three episodes on March 17, 2014. Additional episodes have been released throughout March and April. Find the podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcast directories. In each weekly episode, host Dave McGimpsey, a lawyer with Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP, interviews a figure in the water sector.
In the first session, Matt Klein discusses the role of water in his past positions as an environmental regulator, an environmental lawyer, and the Executive Director of Indianapolis Water. Matt also addresses water as it relates to his current role with the state agency charged with being utility consumer advocate in Indiana. Matt provides a great overview of the environmental regulatory regime for water and issues that water utilities face.
Jack Wittmann, a hydrogeologist with INTERA, provides his perspective on water planning and the future of water in the second session of The Water Values Podcast. Jack’s experience lies all over the United States, and he’s working on water and water planning issues throughout the country. He talks about the importance of quality data in putting together water plans, the importance of collaboration amongst those needing to share the water resource, and much more.
New Belgium Brewery’s Jenn Vervier, joins The Water Values Podcast for the third session. Jenn holds the position of Director of Sustainability and Strategic Planning with New Belgium, and she explains New Belgium’s efforts towards water sustainability, from hard-piping the brewery to dry-lubing the labels. She also addresses the water-energy nexus and how New Belgium strives to continually reduce both its water and its carbon footprints.
The fourth session of The Water Values Podcast welcomes Mike McGuire, the noted water engineer, blogger, author and historian. Mike relates the story of how water disinfection came to be accepted practice in the United States through the leadership of Dr. John Leal and George Warren Fuller. Mike also discusses his travels to China and explains why Chinese culture prescribes that drinking water be boiled before serving.
The fifth session includes an interview with John Entsminger, the new General Manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Future episodes include sessions with Dr. Jim Salzman, a professor at Duke University and author of Drinking Water: A History; Dr. Ellen Wohl, a fluvial geomorphologist at Colorado State University; and Marty Melchior, a river restoration expert with Interfluve, with many more guests to come.
Check out The Water Values Podcast, rate and review it on iTunes and Stitcher, and subscribe to the weekly episodes. As the closing of each session of The Water Values Podcast indicates, water is our most valuable resource – so let’s start acting like it.