River science speakers in Moab April 25-26

The Moab Public Library, Utah State University-Moab and Kristina Young at the organization Science Moab have teamed up to host the event Colorado River Science: Moab, featuring presentations from authors Roy Web and Jonathan Thompson, that will take place at Star Hall on April 25 and 26.

Webb will speak at 6 p.m. on April 25 and will discuss the histories of the Colorado and Green rivers, the books his work inspired, and the creation of the Utah River Running Archives, according to a statement from the Center for Colorado River Studies, which has planned two years’ worth of presentations.

Thompson will speak April 26 and his focus will center on how politics, science and power in the rural West impact rivers and the people who depend on them.

According to the Center for Colorado River Studies, Webb has written five books, all on the history of river running in Utah and the Intermountain West.

Thompson owned and edited the Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper in Silverton, Colorado and was editor in chief of High Country News from 2007 to 2010.

He recently published the book River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics, and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine Disaster.