November Innings – November 4, 2019

Nov 4, 2019 INNINGS Bill Menrath: “Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance” presentation

Protecting America’s Redrock Wilderness

The Redrock Canyon country of southern Utah is a dramatic landscape that is unique to the entire world. Deep within the folds of the winding slot canyons and the soaring sandstone buttes lie the remnants of early Native American cultures – kivas, cliff dwellings, pueblos, stone towers and unique examples of rock art. People travel from all over the globe to see the landscape and the archaeological remains. Some of these features are already protected in the National Parks like Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches and Capital Reef. Outside the park boundaries lie over nine million acres of wilderness-quality lands that for the most part are not protected. Some of this land is within the declared boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments which are under attack. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance has been fighting to protect the land as designated wilderness. We will talk about the land and the politics of protecting it.

Prior to retirement in 2017 Bill worked in the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where he did research in environmental and occupational health. His research helped the US Department of Housing and Urban Development set health-based standards for lead-contaminated dust and soil for residential dwellings to protect young children from lead exposure. He also assisted the US Environmental Protection Agency in establishing standards for the remediation of Superfund sites. He assisted the Cairo University School of Medicine in Egypt evaluate the clean-up of contaminated industrial sites. Recently, he worked with the United Nations Environment Program to assist Chinese laboratories develop methods for the analysis of environmental samples. He volunteers for The Legal Aid Society in assessing health hazards in low income housing. He is also the Ohio coordinator for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and is a member of the Sierra Club Wilderness Task Force.


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