The Douglas County Global Warming Coalition is planning a presentation about climate change and water in Douglas County for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Douglas County Library.
John DeVoe, executive director of WaterWatch of Oregon, plans to teach participants about ways they can manage the impact of climate change on water and become part of the solution.
“WaterWatch is a strong advocate for protecting our rivers and steams,” said Jeff Dose, a retired fisheries biologist with the Umpqua National Forest and current member of the coalition’s aquatic working group.
Dose said he expects DeVoe to discuss how climate change is going to affect water resources in Douglas County and across the state of Oregon and what those potential effects might be.
“He’s a great speaker and WaterWatch is a very respected group,” Dose said.
Water is such an important commodity, Dose said, adding that he hopes DeVoe will speak about how climate change can impact water rights and appropriations.
“In winter time we have lots of water and we think it’s not an issue, but for the rest of the year, our rivers drop down pretty low and people get cut off,” Dose said. “If there’s something that affects water quality or quantity because of climate change, it’s going to have an impact on all of us.”
The Douglas County Global Warming Coalition’s different working groups, including aquatic, forestry, sustainable agriculture and energy, come together frequently to discuss how climate change affects the county. The coalition has also sponsored two previous public forums, one on ocean acidification and the other on impacts to fresh water quality, quantity and wildlife.
For more information, call 541-672-9819.