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'Dam Symposium' to explore energy future

Glendale Falls

Event planned March 16-17 at Wofford, Goodall Environmental Studies Center

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College and Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s state-owned utility, will present “The Dam Symposium: Small-Scale Dams & Hydro from Three Perspectives,” a two-day symposium March 16 and 17 as part of the Santee Cooper Lecture Series on Sustainability & Energy.

Three experts on dams and small hydro will convene for a public discussion of the role of small-scale hydro in our energy future. The programs will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building on campus, and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, at the Goodall Environmental Studies Center at Glendale, S.C.

The speakers – John Seebach, director of Hydropower Reform Initiative, American Rivers; Ginger Strand, author of “Inventing Niagara;” and Dr. Dave Hargett, principal and senior consultant with the environmental consultancy HRI – will offer perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, and science.

Biographies of the speakers:

John Seebach
Seebach works to reduce the harm that hydropower dams cause to fish, wildlife, recreation, and the local communities that depend on these resources to survive and thrive. He is the chair of the Hydropower Reform Coalition. Seebach came back to American Rivers in June 2007 from the Hydropower Reform Coalition, where he had served as national coordinator since January 2005. Previously, he worked as a grant writer for American Rivers, an English teacher, an interpreter, a policy analyst, and a raft guide. A Kentucky native, Seebach has been an avid hiker, canoeist and kayaker for as long as he can remember.

Ginger Strand
Ginger Strand grew up in Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, but mostly on a farm in Michigan. She has published essays and fiction in many places, including Harper’s, The Gettysburg Review, The New England Review, and Orion, where she is a contributing editor. A former fellow in the Behrman Center for the Humanities at Princeton, she lives in New York City. Strand’s book, “Inventing Niagara,” traces the course of natural wonder in America, illuminating what the falls have to tell us about our history, our environment, and ourselves. In a recent issue of Orion Strand wrote about small-hydro projects in New England. She is “obsessed with hydroinfrastructure,” and therefore is perfect panelist for The Dam Symposium.

Dr. Dave Hargett
Dr. Dave Hargett is principal and senior consultant with the environmental consultancy HRI, based in Greer, S.C. He has served as a researcher, policy analyst, consultant, senior executive, and principal with several national consultancies. He has extensive experience in servicing federal, state, and local government agencies, industrial clients, law firms, development clients, non-profit organizations, and research consortia. Hargett is an independent environmental consultant providing technical services in the areas of water resources management, watershed and stream restoration, contaminated site remediation, brownfields and due diligence assessment, environmental permitting, and environmental stewardship. He serves as a senior scholar with the Strom Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs, and the South Carolina Water Resources Center, both at Clemson University.