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Water issues to be discussed

A symposium discussion on water issues and a musical "water trilogy" will be presented Saturday at the "Women and Water Rights: Rivers of Regeneration" exhibit in Rochester.

The symposium at 1 p.m. will be led by a University of Minnesota hydraulic researcher, a specialist in environmental law and policy, and an analyst of agriculture and water policy. Water ownership and rights will be discussed, in particular the perspective that women bring to the subject of water use.

Following presentations, focus groups will discuss international, national and local regulation of water issues  and how urban and rural groups might become partners in resolving surface water quality problems.

The symposium is scheduled to conclude by 5 p.m.

At 7 p.m., musician Billy X. Curmano will perform from his "Water Trilogy," which mixes video footage, live music, performance tricks and journal entries.


Curmano's "Billy X: Solo Set" compact disc earned him a Grass Roots Grammy and 2006 Just Plain Folks Experimental Album Award. Curmano is also known for having swum the 2,300-mile length of the Mississippi River, from its source to the Gulf of Mexico, as a performance and environmental statement.

Both events are at the Cascade Meadows Wetlands & Environmental Science Center, 2900 19th St. N.W. Admission is free.

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