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During climate change the question is "What does water want?"

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Increasingly severe and frequent floods and prolonged droughts are driving calls for higher levees, bigger drains, and longer aqueducts.

But as we grapple with extreme weather, a hard truth is emerging: our development, including concrete infrastructure designed to control water, is actually exacerbating the problems.

Science journalist Erica Gies explains in her new book: “Water Always Wins: Thriving in an Ageof Droughtand Deluge.”

She introduces us to innovators in what she calls the Slow Water movement who start by asking a revolutionary question: What does water want? Using close observation, historical research, and cutting-edge science, these experts in hydrology, restoration ecology, engineering, and urban planning are already transforming our relationship with water.

Figuring out what water wants--and accommodating its desires within our human landscapes--is now a crucial survival strategy.

By putting these new approaches to the test, innovators in the Slow Water movement are looking to reshape the future of water use and management.

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*This interview will be recorded on Tuesday, March 7.

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