‘Water in Arizona: Past, Present, Future’ at Black Canyon Heritage Park

BLACK CANYON CITY – Come take a bird’s eye view of Arizona’s serious water supply sustainability challenges with Dr. Paul Hirt, Arizona State University’s (ASU) professor of history and sustainability on March 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Black Canyon Community Library, 34701 S. Old Black Canyon Highway.

The discussion is part of the “Black Canyon City, Water and Me,” programming that is supporting the AZ Water/Ways traveling Smithsonian Exhibit visiting rural towns around the state, including Black Canyon City later this year.

Explore what’s to happen in the coming decades as the state continues to grow and who will make the important decisions about our water future at “Water in Arizona: Past, Present, Future.”Growth and the control of water to support it has never been simple or uncontested. 

Federal, tribal, state and local entities are all involved in developing and distributing water.

And what about nature? Who is looking out for Arizona’s native wildlife and flora along our most rare and valuable riparian ecosystems? We face very serious water supply sustainability challenges in the coming decades as the area continues to grow and the climate shifts warmer and drier.

Who gets cut when there is a shortage? Who has priority? Who makes these decisions about our water future?  These are just a few of the questions that Dr. Hirt will explore. 

Pictured: Doctor Paul Hirt, who will be speaking at the Black Canyon Community Library on March 2. Photo courtesy of Black Canyon Heritage Park
Pictured: Doctor Paul Hirt, who will be speaking at the Black Canyon Community Library on March 2. Photo courtesy of Black Canyon Heritage Park

Doctor Hirt is the State Scholar for the Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibit, and the Black Canyon Heritage Park will be hosting Water/Ways at the Cañon School District from December 14, 2019, to January 26, 2020. 

The AZ Water/Ways exhibit is made possible by Arizona Humanities, the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at ASU. It is part of the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street program—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.

For more information about the AZ Water/Ways “Black Canyon City, Water and Me” program visit: https://blackcanyonheritagepark.org/water-black-canyon-city-me/ Black Canyon City Community Library.