Jennifer Greene relaxes in her home in Blue Hill.—JAMES STRAUB

Blue Hill Water Researcher Returns from Conference in Turkey



Jennifer Greene relaxes in her home in Blue Hill.—JAMES STRAUB
Jennifer Greene relaxes in her home in Blue Hill.—JAMES STRAUB

BLUE HILL — Issues regarding water are debated from Hancock to Hanoi.

While the focus of debate varies — water quality in some regions, quantity in others and water rights in others — it is water’s universal connection that Jennifer Greene brings to all debates.

Founder of The Water Research Institute of Blue Hill, Greene recently returned from the fifth World Water Forum in Istanbul, Turkey, where she presented a hands-on experimental workshop titled “How to Understand Water’s Own Voice: Practical Steps in Knowing Water’s Intrinsic Nature.”

Days after returning from Istanbul last month, she was invited to deliver the keynote address at the “Braiding through Water, Weaving Traditional and Western Sciences and Knowledge” conference in Flagstaff, Ariz.

She will present “Finding the Heart of Water in Today’s World” at the Blue Hill Library Friday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Water as a commodity is at the core of discussions across Maine, as communities seek ways to protect water sources. Officials in Hancock expect to place an article on the annual Town Meeting in May seeking a moratorium on any commercial water extraction. In Lamoine, officials have been crafting an ordinance governing commercial water extraction for 18 months.

The first World Water Forum was held in 1997 in the Moroccan city of Marrakech, and a world forum has convened every three years since. Greene has participated in four of the five World Water Forums held to date.

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Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

When Nicole isn't giving advice she's completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who'll talk back. [email protected]