Past Event

It All Flows Downstream: Water Consumption and Consequences

The choices we make about how we use water affect all of us.

What are the main water demands in Western Illinois, and how do we decide how those demands are met? How can understanding the history of water use and pollution of the Mississippi River guide the choices we make today? What are the ethical issues inherent in the conflict between our immediate needs and those of future generations?

It All Flows Downstream will raise key questions about how we access and control water in Western Illinois.


  • John Anfinson, Ph.D. – Historian, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, National Park Service
  • Misganaw Demissie, Ph.D. – Director, Illinois State Water Survey
  • Christopher H. Pearson, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Paul Heltne, Ph.D. – Director, Center for Humans and Nature (moderator)

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information, please call Joan Erickson at 309.246.8403.

This event is presented in partnership with the Sun Foundation, with additional support from Illinois American Water.

Lead sponsorship for All-Consuming is provided by the Motorola Foundation and The Boeing Company, with additional support provided by Illinois American Water.
Chicago Public Radio and Illinois Channel are the media sponsors.