A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy by Juliet Christian-SmithA Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy by Juliet Christian-Smith

A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy

byJuliet Christian-Smith, Peter H. Gleick, Heather Cooley

Hardcover | August 6, 2012

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As is becoming clearer and clearer, pressures on water resources in the United States are growing, with no foreseeable end in sight. Yet these pressures are not due to a national water scarcity. While the Southwest faces the problems of draught, a rising population, and over-allocation ofresources, the Northeast and Northern Plains must deal with increasingly wet weather and flooding. The greatest challenges that the United States faces with regard to water are regional disparities in availability, a changing climate, worsening water quality, and, increasingly, controversies overmanagement strategies and policies.While many countries have adopted federal approaches to water management, the United States has no cohesive national water policy. In fact, the oversight of current water policy is shared by over sixty different agencies,and the last national water assessment undertaken in the United States occurred over forty years ago. The lack of coordinated oversight not only renders national policymakers unable to make informed analyses ofwater quality standards and availability, it also results in large gaps of understanding regarding variability of water resources and how to most efficiently and effectively manage and preserve those resources. A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy culls together independent analysis offreshwater availability; water usage in agriculture, municipalities, tribal settlements, and energy production; exisiting legal frameworks; environmental justice movements; and data on water quality and climate change. The result is a visionary proposal for a coherent and critically needed federalwater policy.
Juliet Christian-Smith is Senior Research Associate with the Pacific Institute's Water Program and a National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science Fellow. Peter H. Gleick is Co-Founder and President of the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California.
Title:A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water PolicyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 6, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

William K. Reilly: ForewordList of Acronyms1. Peter H. Gleick: The Water of the United States: Freshwater Availability and Use2. Juliet Christian-Smith and Lucy Allen: Legal and Institutional Framework of Water Management3. Amy Vanderwarker: Water and Environmental Justice4. Kate A. Berry: Tribes and Water5. Lucy Allen: Water Quality6. Juliet Christian-Smith and Lucy Allen: Protecting Freshwater Ecosystems7. Heather Cooley: Municipal Water Use8. Juliet Christian-Smith: Water and Agriculture9. Heather Cooley and Juliet Christian-Smith: Water and Energy10. Heather Cooley: Water and Climate11. Peter H. Gleick: United States International Water PolicyAppendix : Federal LegislationNotesBibliographyAbout the AuthorsIndex