A Twenty-First Century US Water Policy

ISBN : 9780190490874

Juliet Christian-Smith; Peter H. Gleick; Heather Cooley; Lucy Allen; Amy Vanderwarker; Kate A. Berry
360 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Apr 2016
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It is zero hour for a new US water policy! At a time when many countries are adopting new national approaches to water management, the United States still has no cohesive federal policy, and water-related authorities are dispersed across more than 30 agencies. Here, at last, is a vision for what we as a nation need to do to manage our most vital resource. In this book, leading thinkers at world-class water research institution the Pacific Institute present clear and readable analysis and recommendations for a new federal water policy to confront our national and global challenges at a critical time. What exactly is at stake? In the 21st century, pressures on water resources in the United States are growing and conflicts among water users are worsening. Communities continue to struggle to meet water quality standards and to ensure that safe drinking water is available for all. And new challenges are arising as climate change and extreme events worsen, new water quality threats materialize, and financial constraints grow. Yet the United States has not stepped up with adequate leadership to address these problems. The inability of national policymakers to safeguard our water makes the United States increasingly vulnerable to serious disruptions of something most of us take for granted: affordable, reliable, and safe water. This book provides an independent assessment of water issues and water management in the United States, addressing emerging and persistent water challenges from the perspectives of science, public policy, environmental justice, economics, and law. With fascinating case studies and first-person accounts of what helps and hinders good water management, this is a clear-eyed look at what we need for a 21st century U.S. water policy.


Foreword by William K. Reilly
List of Acronyms
Chapter 1: The Water of the United States: Freshwater Availability and Use, Peter H. Gleick
Chapter 2: Legal and Institutional Framework of Water Management, Juliet Christian-Smith and Lucy Allen
Chapter 3: Water and Environmental Justice, Amy Vanderwarker
Chapter 4: Tribes and Water, Kate A. Berry
Chapter 5: Water Quality, Lucy Allen
Chapter 6: Protecting Freshwater Ecosystems, Juliet Christian-Smith and Lucy Allen
Chapter 7: Municipal Water Use, Heather Cooley
Chapter 8: Water and Agriculture, Juliet Christian-Smith
Chapter 9: Water and Energy, Heather Cooley and Juliet Christian-Smith
Chapter 10: Water and Climate, Heather Cooley
Chapter 11: United States International Water Policy , Peter H. Gleick
Chapter 12: Summary and Recommendations
Appendix : Federal Legislation
About the Authors

About the author: 

Juliet Christian-Smith is Senior Research Associate of the Water Program at the Pacific Institute.; Peter H. Gleick is Co-founder and President of the Pacific Institute.; Heather Cooley is Co-director of the Water Program at the Pacific Institute.; Lucy Allen is a former Research Associate with the Water Program at the Pacific Institute and current law student at the University of California, Berkeley.; Amy Vanderwarker is Co-coordinator of the California Environmental Justice Alliance.; Kate A. Berry is Professor of Geography and Director of the Core Curriculum at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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