URBANA — A six-week seminar series on the availability of fresh water will be offered, beginning Oct. 6, at First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, 602 W. Green St., U.
The seminars will be held from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. in the church's fellowship hall. The public is invited to attend the free seminars, which are secular and strictly educational, according to the church's Earth Care Team.
The first session in the series features a documentary, and the other five sessions offer guest speakers on water resources and water use.
Some water researchers have predicted that, within one or two generations, most people on Earth will have severely limited access to fresh water, given diminishing water supplies.
Here's the schedule for the series, titled "Fresh Water Availability: Confronting The Immense Challenge":
— Oct. 6: Global and National Water Availability and Detrimental Practices, with the showing of the 2011 documentary "Last Call at The Oasis."
— Oct. 13: Central Illinois Water Availability, with hydrogeologist George Roadcap of the Illinois State Water Survey speaking on "The Sustainability of The Mahomet Aquifer."
— Oct. 20: Central Illinois Industrial Water Use: Coal Mining, with water resources scientist Traci Barkley of the Prairie Rivers Network speaking on "Coal's Impact on Clean Water in Illinois."
— Nov. 3: Central Illinois Industrial Water Use: Agriculture, with George Czapar, head of the Center for Watershed Science at the Illinois State Water Survey, discussing "Methods for Reducing Agricultural Nutrients Entering Rivers and Streams."
— Nov. 10: Individual Water Conservation Practices for Work and Home, with Scott Tess, Urbana's environmental sustainability manager, discussing ways people can conserve water indoor and outdoors through behaviors and technology.
— Nov. 17: Individual Storm Water Management Practices, with horticulture educator Sandra Mason of University of Illinois Extension discussing "From Rain Barrels to Rain Gardens: Ideas for Managing Storm Water at Home."
There are no sessions scheduled for Oct. 27.