Anne MacKinnon


Writer. Editor. Consultant.

Public Waters: Lessons from Wyoming for the American West (2021)

A book about the history of water and water law in Wyoming, and what that can teach about handling the challenges of water in the West.

Ask your bookstore for the book, get an e-edition on major book websites, or order direct from the publisher:

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Free online events and discussions of PUBLIC WATERS: Join us, or watch recordings!

Free CLE credits for lawyers, for the online book group

Online book group, May-June

Join me and my expert guests, ask questions and discuss a few chapters in the book every two weeks. Three evenings, 5:30-6:45 pm: May 12, May 20, June 3. Register for free, via links below, and receive more information on how to join.

CLE credits: 1.25 hours/webinar

* May 12, 2021, Wednesday: 5:30 PM MT. Public Waters Book Group PART I (Introduction through Chapter 3: early years through the 1920s, exploring themes still relevant today). Check the recording of this webinar

* May 20, 2021, Thursday: 5:30 PM MT. Public Waters book group PART II  (Chapter 4:  development in the complicated issues of abandonment, revival and transfer of water rights, and resonance today). Check the recording of this webinar:

* June 3, 2021, Thursday: 5:30 PM MT. Public Waters book group PART III  (Chapters 5 & 6, and conclusion:  issues and challenges from the 1960s through the present, with prospects for the future). Check the recording of this webinar:

Online book discussion, May 6

Montana Book Festival, May 6, 6 pm: An hour with me and Western water expert Sarah Bates of Missoula.

Online Lunchtime Expedition, Aug.5

Draper Museum of Natural History, Lunchtime Expedition, Aug. 5, noon: Join me for a discussion of Western water and Wyoming’s water history for visitors to our region.

Check back here for the link in July.

Online book discussion, May 11

Mountain Studies Institute and Maria’s Bookshop, Durango, May 11, 7 pm: Book discussion tied to southwest Colorado issues.

WyoFile fireside chat, May 13, May 13, 5:30 pm: Join me and WyoFile writer Angus Thuermer for a lively discussion of the book and current water issues in Wyoming.

Book talk Jackson Hole Land Trust, April 15

and, the start of in-person events outside Casper:

Park County Library, Cody, Thursday, July 8, 6 pm.

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