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Douglas McCulloh Slide Lecture on the Public Trust Doctrine

Douglas McCulloh Slide Lecture on the Public Trust Doctrine

Join photographer Douglas McCulloh as he presents a slide lecture on the principle jus publicum and the establishment of the Public Trust Doctrine. This free, public program is a part of Facing the Sublime in Water, CA.

According to Douglas McCulloh:

"Before (the important legal ruling regarding) Mono Lake, water rights were regarded as the functional equivalent of private property, embedded in tradition and the law. The private owners of water could do whatever they wished with it, regardless of ecological damage or the needs of others or the environment.

After Mono Lake, the principle jus publicum triumphed — some resources are so precious that they defy private ownership, belonging instead to everyone. This is known as the Public Trust Doctrine. The remarkable ruling established that the ecological health of certain places — in this case the Mono Lake basin and ecosystem — belong to the public. And the public trust trumps all prior claims, even water rights."

Visit Douglas McCulloh at Water, CA for more information.

Funding for Facing the Sublime in Water, CA provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Steven B. and Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Family Foundation, Pasadena Water & Power, and Helen N. Lewis and the Estate of Marvin B. Meyer. Image courtesy Douglas McCulloh.

Time:
Thursday, November 1, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location:
Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103