Tom Mullen, author of Rivers of Change, will give a presentation at 7 p.m. on April 19 in the Neuharth Center at The University of South Dakota. The talk, titled, "Changing a River's Course – Altering Lives Along Its Banks," will focus on how changing the course of the Missouri River alters the lives of those who live on its banks.
To research and write the book Rivers of Change, Tom spent six months in 2001 traveling along the Missouri, Yellowstone and Columbia rivers. He interviewed dozens of people associated with these rivers, including farmers, fishermen, barge pilots, wildlife biologists, newspaper editors, tribal historians and Corps of Engineers staff. His presentation will explain how changes made to the river impacted people and economies, and will illustrate how humans, wildlife and laws adapted to those changes.
Mullen is civil engineer who currently works as an environmental consultant in southern California. He has spent half his life living outside the United States and has worked as a water resources consultant in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America managing projects related to water supply and water resources development for many agencies.
For more information, contact Judy Logue, senior secretary of Office Research and Sponsored Programs, at Judy.Logue@usd.edu or 605-677-5370.