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Author to describe Israel’s water planning success April 12

April 08, 2016


Water looks abundant in Louisiana and brutally scarce in places like California. But the reality of water is that all communities must come to grips with better managing this precious resource.

The nation of Israel has been on the forefront of water planning, going from parched to a water exporter. 

Writer/lawyer/activist Seth Siegel, who examines that country’s journey in his 2015 book There Will Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World, is set to discuss his findings at Tulane Law School April 12. His presentation, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Wendell H. Gauthier Appellate Moot Court Room 110 of Weinmann Hall, 6329 Freret St. 

A reception will follow, and Siegel’s book will be available for sale. All profits from sale of the book are being donated to charity.

The Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy is hosting Siegel as part of the Percy Viosca Jr. Distinguished Speaker Series, which honors one of Louisiana’s preeminent naturalists. The event is co-sponsored by Tulane University and the Tulane Environmental & Energy Law Society.

Siegel’s essays on water and other issues have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and leading publications in Europe and Asia. He has spoken on water issues around the world and in more than 40 US cities, in venues as diverse as the United Nations, Google’s headquarters and college campuses.

Of Let There Be Water, Bari Weiss of The Wall Street Journalwrote: “Unless the geniuses at NASA find a way to import that water just discovered on Mars, we’d do well to pick up Mr. Siegel’s book and learn some lessons from this unlikely water superpower.”


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