The Encyclopedia of Water Politics and Policy in the United States provides an overview of approximately 250 projects, legislation, legal cases, people, and organizations that have shaped the development of waterways in the United States over the past 150 years. This volume meets the needs of readers who need to know how present-day water problems came about, the impact of legislation and court decisions on the development of water resources, and what U.S. experts are proposing be done to preserve this basic component of the environment.
Steven L. Danver is academic coordinator and core faculty member in social sciences in the College of Undergraduate Studies at Walden University. A lifelong resident of the American West, he was born and raised in Southern California and has, at various times, lived in Central California, Northern California, Utah, and Colorado. He currently resides in southern Washington State. After completing a bachelor's degree in religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master's degree in historical studies from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, he earned his doctorate in American history from the University of Utah. Professionally, he has specialized in the history and politics of the American West, as well as in American Indian and American environmental history and policy. His research has largely centered on natural resource policy as it has applied to American Indian nations. He has taught at nearly every type of institution of higher education, including large research universities, small liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and online universities. He has edited or coedited a number of books, including Water Politics and Policy in the United States (with John R. Burch Jr., CQ Press/SAGE, 2011), which was named to the 2012 Outstanding Academic Title list by the American Library Association's Choice magazine. He has been the managing editor of Journal of the West since 2004. John R. Burch is Dean of Distance Learning and Library Services at Campbellsville University.