Water wars

A Listmania! list by Randy Stapilus (Carlton, Oregon, USA)
The list author says: "These are some of the most useful books I've run into on the subject of water conflicts - "water wars" - between groups, regions, states, countries. As the number of people and the uses to which they put water has been growing, so have tensions about how it is used - by whom and for what."
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition
1.  Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition by Marc Reisner
The list author says:
  "The single best book I've ever read about water conflicts. It covers the development of water resources in the American west, the building of massive dams and reservoirs and irrigation systems, and the consequences that followed."
$12.52   Used & New from: $5.98
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
2.  The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
The list author says:
  "The stunning story of what happens when there's *no* water."
$11.18   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,285 customer reviews)

The Water Gates: Water Rights, Water Wars in the 50 States
3.  The Water Gates: Water Rights, Water Wars in the 50 States by Randy Stapilus
The list author says:
  "I think this is the first and so far only popular overview of water rights and water wars in the 50 states, state by state - and each state has its own very definite water story."
$15.95   Used & New from: $14.99
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Managing Water: Avoiding Crisis in California
4.  Managing Water: Avoiding Crisis in California by Dorothy Green
The list author says:
  "Water has been one of the hottests subjects in California ever since the great Owens water theft. Green here outlines the contours of the current problems - and they are problems."
$31.45   Used & New from: $2.60
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

When the Rivers Run Dry: Water--The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century
5.  When the Rivers Run Dry: Water--The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century by Fred Pearce
The list author says:
  "A solid big-picture overview of the emerging water crisis."
$12.57   Used & New from: $0.50
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

Silver Fox of the Rockies: Delphus E. Carpenter and Western Water Compacts
6.  Silver Fox of the Rockies: Delphus E. Carpenter and Western Water Compacts by Daniel Tyler
The list author says:
  "A lot of western water law is actually a matter of "let's make a deal." There's a lot of useful insight and background in this book."
$34.95   Used & New from: $0.03
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Water, Land, and Law in the West: The Limits of Public Policy (Development of Western Resources)
7.  Water, Land, and Law in the West: The Limits of Public Policy (Development of Western Resources) by Donald J. Pisani
The list author says:
  "History and precedent matter a lot in water use, and in emerging as well as past conflicts. This book covers many of the details of how it happened in the American west."
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Upstream: Adjudicating the Snake River Basin
8.  Upstream: Adjudicating the Snake River Basin by Randy Stapilus
The list author says:
  "By the author of this list - a detailed rundown of how the Snake River Basin Adjudication, the largest such case in the country, has developed and (at this writing) come close to completion in settling water rights in most of Idaho."
$15.95   Used & New from: $14.95

Uphill against Water: The Great Dakota Water War (Our Sustainable Future)
9.  Uphill against Water: The Great Dakota Water War (Our Sustainable Future) by Peter Carrels
The list author says:
  "The Dakotas, which are in general dry territory, have gotten less attention than many other areas for their water conflicts. But they've been there, notably in the big Missouri River battle documented here."
$24.05   Used & New from: $5.50
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Rivers at Risk: Concerned Citizen's Guide To Hydropower
10.  Rivers at Risk: Concerned Citizen's Guide To Hydropower by John D. Echeverria
The list author says:
  "From the environmental point of view: A look at the effects hydropower has had on western rivers."
$35.89   Used & New from: $0.01

High and Dry: The Texas-New Mexico Struggle for the Pecos River
11.  High and Dry: The Texas-New Mexico Struggle for the Pecos River by G. Emlen Hall
The list author says:
  "The Pecos River has long had a Western mystique; locally, the river running through Texas and New Mexico has also been the center of a long-running water battle not yet over."
$24.95   Used & New from: $4.57
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S.
12.  Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. by Cynthia Barnett
The list author says:
  "It's counterintuitive that Florida, so nearly surrounded by so much water, should have water supply problems. But it does, as this book points out."
$16.23   Used & New from: $0.87
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Eau Canada: The Future of Canada's Water
13.  Eau Canada: The Future of Canada's Water by Karen Bakker
The list author says:
  "Canada could be the source of some water supplies for the United States; but it also has significant water limitations of its own. A recommended read."
$35.95   Used & New from: $12.78

Public Power, Private Dams: The Hells Canyon High Dam Controversy (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books)
14.  Public Power, Private Dams: The Hells Canyon High Dam Controversy (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books) by Karl Boyd Brooks
The list author says:
  "A fine and highly detailed look at how the Hells Canyon Dams on the Snake River came to be."
$25.00   Used & New from: $13.80
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Water in the Hispanic Southwest: A Social and Legal History, 1550-1850
15.  Water in the Hispanic Southwest: A Social and Legal History, 1550-1850 by Michael C. Meyer
The list author says:
  "The question of administering water rights and water use probably goes back, in a serious way, farther back than anywhere else in the United States, to parts of the southwest, especially around New Mexico and Arizona. An expedition into deep history."
$20.27   Used & New from: $0.49

Water in the 21st-Century West: A High Country News Reader
16.  Water in the 21st-Century West: A High Country News Reader by Char Miller
The list author says:
  "A fine overview from 2000 of water issues, shortages and conflicts in the west."
$24.95   Used & New from: $3.15
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

American Indian Water Rights and the Limits of Law
17.  American Indian Water Rights and the Limits of Law by Lloyd Burton
The list author says:
  "A critical factor: What are the water rights of the people who came here first, in places where the principle is first in time, first in right?"
$16.95   Used & New from: $0.49
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping And The Fate Of America's Fresh Waters
18.  Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping And The Fate Of America's Fresh Waters by Robert Jerome Glennon
The list author says:
  "How do you manage what you can't (accurately) measure? Groundwater has presented that problem for a long time, and it is getting a lot more intense, fast. A useful overview here."
$19.57   Used & New from: $2.06
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

The Multi-governance Of Water: Four Case Studies (Suny Series in Global Politics)
19.  The Multi-governance Of Water: Four Case Studies (Suny Series in Global Politics) by Jeremy Allouche
The list author says:
  "From an academic viewpoint, four distinctive case studies."
$60.00   Used & New from: $12.24
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West
20.  Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West by Wallace Stegner
The list author says:
  "Another deep historical view of the water situation, some of it pre-management (so you can see what you get in that eventuality)."
$14.16   Used & New from: $2.13
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Qualifications: Author "The Water Gates," editor of the National Water Rights Digest
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