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Water Value Highlights Oct. 19 NMSU Water Lecture Series

LAS CRUCES - The head of one of the nation's most prestigious water research programs will discuss the perceived value of water, or more specifically the lack of it, at a New Mexico State University water lecture series Oct. 19.

Ronald Linsky, executive director of the National Water Research Institute in Fountain Valley, Calif., will speak Oct. 19 at New Mexico State University as part of its water lecture series. (10/05/2004) (Courtesy Photo by Ashley Hyde)

Ronald Linsky, executive director of the National Water Research Institute in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a widely known as an advocate of integrated resources management strategies.

"Water is perceived as being a free resource or nearly free, which has unfortunately perpetuated the myth that water has little or no value," Linsky said. "The perception is that it can be abused or misused with little or no consequences. This is wrong."

In the past, classic cost-benefit analysis simply didn't take into consideration the value of treating and improving water quality from removing chemical contaminants to producing desalinated ocean water, he said. "We need to start linking the real cost of technology with the products created or produced," Linsky said.

Linsky will speak at 3 p.m. in Room 105 of Wooton Hall, located on the western edge of campus. His free, public seminar is part of a water lecture series from NMSU's Water Task Force, Water Resources Research Institute and the civil and geological engineering department.

"We're pleased that Ronald Linsky is part of our lecture series," said task force coordinator Craig Runyan. "He serves on both national and international advisory committees that focus on water and wastewater issues, including desalination and water reuse. He's also consulted for the U.S. State Department, Commerce Department and National Academy of Sciences."

Four years ago, NMSU officials formed the water task force to supply objective, scientific data about water issues in New Mexico. Pulled from across campus, the faculty and staff members are experts in water-related issues. They respond to public requests for studies, write white papers, are expert testimony at public hearings and propose solutions to water problems.

Linsky previously worked for the United National Development Program's Office of Technical Cooperation for Development as a chief technical adviser. He is a member of the California State Senate Advisory Committee on Natural Resources and a former member of the Santa Ana Region's Water Quality Control Board.

Linsky received his bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from the University of Southern California.

For more information, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, please contact Leeann DeMouche at (505) 646-3973 or ldemouch@nmsu.edu before the event.
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