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Speaker will explore water’s Wild West history

By From page A4 | July 14, 2013

This historical photo of Devil's Gap shows Putah Creek before Monticello Dam and Lake Berryessa, the focus of Thursday's CreekSpeak talk by Mike McGraw of the Bureau of Reclamation. Courtesy photo

“Whiskey is for drinkin’ and water is for fightin’ over.”

— Mark Twain

Putah Creek Council invites community members to attend July’s CreekSpeak talk by Mike McGraw, “Water and Wilderness: A Tale of Conflict and Conservation,” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Club Room at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis.

The informal talk will examine water in the West, focusing specifically on Putah Creek and Lake Berryessa.

McGraw, a Bureau of Reclamation park ranger at Lake Berryessa, will discuss how attitudes about the natural world and resource use have changed, highlight historical figures along the way who challenged perceptions about the environment.

He will talk about the story of Putah Creek and the Solano Project in serving local water needs, and will look at Putah Creek’s value as a resource to both conserve and preserve.

CreekSpeak is the Putah Creek Council’s six-month series of community talks about the nature, culture and history of the region. Talks are free to Putah Creek Council members and open to the public. A $5 donation is requested from those who have not yet joined the council.

Additional talks in 2013 will include “Yocha De He Grant Award,” featuring Mary Kimball, Jeanette Wrysinski, Valerie Calegari and Libby Earthman, directors of local conservation organizations, Aug. 15; “Pollinator Talk,” featuring the city of Davis Open Space and Habitat Commission, Sept. 19; and “Birds of Putah Creek,” featuring Marilyn Ramenofsky, Oct. 17.

Enterprise staff

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