Prof. Hopkins Presents First UA Superfund Colloquium This Academic Year, August 29, 2013
Professor Hopkins will present at the first UA Superfund Colloquium for this academic year on Thursday, August 29, 2013, 5:15 p.m., Drachman Hall, Room A1112. His presentation is titled, Chasing the Basin: Indigenous Rights to Water in the Rio Yaqui Valley, and draws upon his forthcoming book chapter in a book to be published by University of Toronto Press commemorating 30 years of aboriginal and treaty rights in Canada.
The presentation will focus on the impact of the newly constructed El Novillo aqueduct, poised to drain the last store of Yaqui water. The environmental degradation and resulting harm to human health in and around the Yaqui Pueblos has contributed to some of the highest infant mortality rates in the world. This presentation will examine the situation in the Yaqui Pueblos from the perspective of basin management and international human rights. It will explore and detail how the Yaqui basin's development presents an opportunity for new methods in both risk and impact assessment and how these methods can assist in the struggle for human rights protection in the Yaqui Pueblos.
The UA Superfund Research Program focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to study hazardous waste issues in the U.S. Southwest (and Mexico border) and is funded in part through the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). More information about the UA Superfund Research Program is available at http://superfund.pharmacy.arizona.edu.