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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."