A trio of authorities on Western water issues gathered at Stanford on Nov. 1 for a symposium that examined whether legal precedents dating from the 19th century are appropriate for solving 21st century water problems.
The symposium, held in Stanford's Green Library, was presented in conjunction with the presentation of the first James V. Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism. Todd Hartman, Ken Papaleo and Jerd Smith of the Rocky Mountain News, won the prize for their series, "The Last Drop," which detailed the degree to which the rivers of Colorado's Rocky Mountains face ominous threats from the thirst of urban development.
2017 Knight-Risser Prize Symposium, January 25, 2017
2016 Knight-Risser Prize Symposium, February 25, 2015
2015 Knight-Risser Prize Symposium, February 25, 2015
2014 Knight-Risser Prize Symposium, February 5, 2014
2013 Knight-Risser Prize Symposium, February 20, 2013
2012 Knight-Risser Prize Symposium, January 25, 2012
2010-11 Knight-Risser Prize Symposium, November 17, 2010
2010 Risser Prize Symposium, January 27, 2010
2008 Risser Prize Symposium, March 13, 2008
2005 Risser Prize Symposium, November 1, 2005
Digital mapping tools helped the Times’ team’s reporting dig deeper and added another visual punch to their discoveries. The team was among a number of digital graphics advocates who spoke at the symposium, titled “Visualizing the Environment: Mapping Data and Telling Stories in Journalism, Scholarship and Environmental Policy.”