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A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy Hardcover – July 31, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199859442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199859443
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A Twenty- First Century US Water Policy is refreshingly forward-looking, almost exclusively emphasizing water policy. That is, it is a book that offers solutions." --Great Plains Research


"We are overdue for a wide-ranging national debate over use and conservation of our dwindling water resources. This book frames the issues and makes insightful and innovative suggestions for the directions we should take." --Bruce Babbitt, former United States Secretary of the Interior


"It is the great achievement of Peter Gleick, long our foremost water policy thinker, and of Juliet Christian-Smith to transform the bewildering diversity and chaos that is current US water policy into a clear, comprehensive vision of the big issues and challenges defining the new water landscape. This is a must-read book and essential point-of-reference for anyone involved in water issues." --Steven Solomon, author of Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization (Finalist, L.A. Times Book Prize)


"A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy is certainly being published at an auspicious time, and its recommendations deserve serious consideration." --Brett Walton, Circle of Blue


"[The authors] clearly lay out the problem and, unlike many other writers, provide readers with solutions, which makes this book an invaluable resource. Highly recommended." --CHOICE


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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Hetic on August 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Ever wondered what IS our national water policy? This book will scare you - because we don't have one! The authors make a strong case for the need for the federal government to get its act together and pay attention to a water policy that makes sense. It's widely known that one of the biggest challenges of the 21st Century is going to be how climate change and population affect our water resources, even in a first-world place where you can drink the tap water. I'm from Upstate New York and was really glad to see a case study from Syracuse included in this book, where the community fought to keep a big wastewater plant out of a low-income neighborhood and instead use a smaller plant and green infrastructure. The chapters all drive home how water is not only a resource, but an equity issue. If you think water isn't a problem in the United States, think again. This book reports 1.7 million people lack indoor plumbing and that having safe drinking water varies based on economics and ethnicity in neighborhoods. Christian-Smith and Gleick have maps and charts and stats on all kinds of water issues, but they've also got case studies and on-the-ground situations that help make really readable and clear how multi-faceted the problem of water management is, and how important it is to make it a priority. Whether you go for all of their recommendations or not, you will find that knowing what the challenges are makes you very glad there are smart people out there thinking about ways to update, improve, and integrate water policies in the U.S. to confront our big challenges in the decades ahead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Douglas T. Hawes on October 10, 2012
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This is an excellent text for anyone who is in anyway involved in water policy at the local, state or federal level. It does a good job of showing the various ramifications of good and bad water policies. It is not a text that many would want to read unless they are somehow involved in water policy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CopperTop on December 10, 2012
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I don't agree with some of the conclusions presented in this book. The authors have brought up relevant topics and presented facts that clearly present the need for wise sustainability practices that need to be immediately implemented. I really enjoyed the parts that I didn't agree with because I found myself reading and arguing those points while I read. This is the same process that will need to be implemented to come to a consensus for a plan and action to move forward to ensure that we have water resources for our future generations along with all the beneficial uses that go with those water resources.
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200 years of local and state court rulings, laws, "land reclamation" dams & diversions, ACOE river re-designs, groundwater mining, and good ol' boy networks of water management boards and engineering consultants now defining the profitable water sector have all contributed to the exploitation of the most public of our natural resources in the public trust of our nation. Australia woke up after a lengthy drought left nobody untouched - urban, agricultural, industrial, and environmental stakeholders. The Pacific Institute has made the case that the US cannot wait for a 1000 year drought. We must organize our own wake-up moment for a national water policy, and this easily read publication starts the process.
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