May 14, Sunday, 11 am

Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths About Water in the West: An Exploration of Solutions to the Colorado River Basin’s Water Problems, with John Fleck.

Hosts: Andy Otto, Alan Webber & Bill Dupuy


In conjunction with the Santa Fe Watershed Association, Journey Santa Fe is offering four speakers in May on the subject of WATER  and WATERSHEDS IN NEW MEXICO  and how they relate to our local Santa Fe River watershed.


A science journalist with 30 years of  newspaper  experience, John first wrote about water in the 1980s as a beat reporter covering the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He is the author of the book Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths About Water in the West, an exploration of solutions to the Colorado River Basin’s water problems, published by Island Press.


Growing population and a warming climate are placing increasing pressures on the water supplies of the western United States. But contrary to common narratives of crisis, conflict, and looming apocalypse, the region’s communities have been quietly adapting to the changing circumstances. In showing that we can do more with less, and learning to collaborate rather than fight over water, these communities are lighting a path toward a future in which the West can not only survive but thrive in the face of its water supply adversity.


As a journalist, including more than two decades’ work at the Albuquerque Journal from 1990 to 2014, John grew to increasingly specialize in the water resource issues so critical in New Mexico and arid Southwest. His water-related writings and newspaper coverage have included important legal decisions as well as legislative activity, and spanned the state of New Mexico, as well as neighboring states, such as Arizona, Colorado and Texas.


The Santa Fe Watershed Association has a twenty year history of advocating for, restoring, educating, and stewarding the Rio de Santa Fe in order to maintain the health and vibrancy  of the watershed.  SFWA is a member based, non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Santa Fe.  They have always taken a “watershed approach” by acknowledging the concept that what happens in any part of the watershed effects the rest of the watershed as well. Andy Otto, Executive Director of the Santa Fe Watershed, will facilitate these talks.

Andy Otto
 has been the Executive Director of the Santa Fe Watershed since 2014. Andy holds a degree in watershed management from the University of Arizona and had spent  four years working with the Truckee River Watershed Council in California and Nevada. He has collaborated with many diverse and seemingly unrelated groups to arrive at creative solutions to many watershed issues.