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Going There: The Future Of Water

The Colorado River has been a major source of water in the Southwestern United States region, but many worry that it's beginning to dry up. Some observers point to population growth, climate change and water mismanagement as causes in discussions regarding the dwindling river.

Could the water crisis that has struck many Western states be a sign of what's to come for the rest of the nation? And who decides how much water is used or who controls it?

Tuesday, May 24, I'm in Fort Collins, Colo. to dive into these issues. In collaboration with member station KUNC, Going There: The Future of Water will feature a night of spirited discussion and performances. We also take the conversation to social media with a live Twitter chat, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, using the hashtag #NPRH2O.

Joining us on Twitter:

Ashley Ahearn, @aahearn, the environment reporter at member station KUOW and part of the regional multimedia collaborative project .

Drew Beckwith, @DrewBeckwith, a water policy manager for Western Resource Advocates. He works closely with water providers, state officials and partner organizations around the Intermountain West to find sustainable ways to meet human and environmental water needs.

Stephanie Malin, @stephmalin_soc, an environmental and natural resource sociologist at Colorado State University. She focuses on natural resource extraction, energy development, water and their relationships to global political economies.

Luke Runyon, @LukeRunyon, a reporter for member station KUNC based in Fort Collins. He primarily reports on local food systems, cattle and agricultural technology.

Featured Live Panelists

Paolo Bacigalupiis a Hugo award-winning author of The Water Knife.Bacigalupi's writing has appeared in Wired magazine, High Country News, OnEarth magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction magazine and on .

Kathleen Curryis a Colorado native and rancher who served in the Colorado Legislature from 2005 to 2010. Prior to serving in the Legislature, she managed the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District.

Roger Fraguaof Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico has dedicated his professional career to the advancement and development of American Indian communities. Roger is currently the president of Cota Holdings LLC and ndnEnergy LLC. Both organizations are engaged in tribal development in the energy sector.

Patty Limerickis the faculty director and chair of the board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she is also a professor of environmental studies and history. In addition, Limerick serves as the official state historian for Colorado State and was appointed to the National Endowment for the Humanities' advisory board and the National Council on the Humanities in 2015.

Melissa Mayshas proudly lived in Flint, Mich., since 2002, where she is a clean-water activist. With her husband, Melissa formed Water You Fighting For, an organization that connects activists with the stated mission of standing together against the loss of democracy and denial of clean, safe and affordable water.

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Michel Martin is the weekend host of All Things Considered,where she draws on her deep reporting and interviewing experience to dig in to the week's news. Outside the studio, she has also hosted "Michel Martin: Going There," an ambitious live event series in collaboration with Member Stations.
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