Join "Protect Our Water JH" at the 2023 Rally for Clean Water

Thursday, September 21, 2023
Doors open at 5:30pm
Center for the Arts

This free event will be an opportunity to bring the community together to raise awareness, discuss solutions, and inspire action for the water quality issues we’re facing. Enjoy food trucks, a raffle, and fun and interactive exhibits for the whole family!

Learn about how climate issues affect water issues, existing water quality problems across Teton County, and celebrate the power of community to make a difference.

Free Community Event

  • 5:30 PM — Doors open for interactive lobby displays, food trucks, and contests
  • 7:00 PM — Keynote Presentation by Erica Gies, Author of “Water Alway Wins: Thriving in the Age of Drought & Deluge”
  • Book signing in the lobby, before and after the presentation
  • Raffle drawings held in the lobby after the presentation

Water Always Wins by Erica Gies

A hopeful journey around the world and across time, illuminating better ways to live with water.

Nearly every human endeavor on the planet was conceived and constructed with a relatively stable climate in mind. But as new climate disasters remind us every day, our world is not stable--and it is changing in ways that expose the deep dysfunction of our relationship with water. Increasingly severe and frequent floods and droughts inevitably spur 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 our problems. Because sooner or later, water always wins.

In this quietly radical book, science journalist Erica Gies 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.

Modern civilizations tend to speed water away, erasing its slow phases on the land. Gies reminds us that water's true nature is to flex with the rhythms of the earth: the slow phases absorb floods, store water for droughts, and feed natural systems. 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 reshaping the future.