Water issues in the American West share many similarities with those seen elsewhere in the world as population growth exacerbates longstanding problems of inappropriate water use and management. The contributors to this timely volume examine the universal challenge of sustainable water management to improve the use of water resources already developed and find ways to moderate our growing collective thirst.
The volume begins with an exploration of the opportunities, arguments, and mechanisms for transferring lessons between the American West and foreign nations. Succeeding chapters cover individual issues such as: water allocation and the relationship between market mechanisms and government-based approaches, the challenge of environmental protection, the protection of cultural values with a focus on indigenous water rights, the significance of international and interstate rivers in promoting regional conflict and cooperation, and the role of water management in sustainable development.
A comprehensive look at one of our most pressing issues, In Search of Sustainable Water Management will be of great interest to scholars and practitioners in the areas of water management, law, policy studies, economics, planning and public administration.
Edited by Douglas S. Kenney, Senior Research Associate, Natural Resources Law Center, University of Colorado School of Law, US
Contents: Preface 1. Water Policy and Cultural Exchange: Transferring Lessons from Around the World to the Western United States James L. Wescoat Jr 2. Roles for the Public and Private Sectors in Water Allocation: Lessons from Around the World Charles W. Howe and Helen Ingram 3. Integrating Environmental and Other Public Values in Water Allocation and Management Decisions David H. Getches and Sarah B. Van de Wetering 4. Protecting Indigenous Rights and Interests in Water David H. Getches and Sarah B. Van de Wetering 5. Transboundary Water Conflicts and Cooperation Aaron T. Wolf 6. Sustainability and the Future of Western Water Law Lakshman Guruswamy and A. Dan Tarlock Index