James Lowery will be the guest speaker at Thursday’s meeting of the Coosa Valley Sierra Club, set for 6:30 p.m. at the Rainbow City Community Center.

Lowery, who is retired from an administrative position at UAB and describes himself as an “amateur scientist,” will speak on “Water, Water Everywhere: The Netherlands — A Country Below Sea Level Where the Past Meets the Future.”

His presentation will cover sights and information from his trip to The Netherlands in 2007. That country deals daily with living below the level of the North Sea, and for more than eight centuries has dealt with water control and continual water removal.

The Netherlands, however, depend on its waterways of canals and rivers for commerce, living and travel.

Lowery is involved in environmental education and is a member of 10 environmental and science-related boards of directors as well as the boards of two historical railroad organizations. He serves as an officer on five of those boards.

His regular presentations cover, along with The Netherlands, constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment, creeks and streams he has walked, the historic Birmingham Mineral Railroad, the Wetumpka Impact Crater, the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles and Antarctica.

Lowery conducts guided tours of the Wetumpka Impact Crater, Shades Creek and various historic railroad sites.