A Twenty-First Century US Water Policy

By Juliet Christian-Smith; Peter H. Gleick et al. | Go to book overview

About the Authors

JULIET CHRISTIAN-SMITH is a senior research associate with the Pacific Institute’s Water Program. Dr. Christian-Smith is a National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science Fellow, has been a Community Forestry and Environmental Research Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow, a winner of the National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Award, and was honored by the Environmental Protection Agency for Outstanding Achievement along with colleagues Peter Gleick and Heather Cooley.

Peter H. Gleick is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” award, member of the US National Academy of Sciences, and widely considered a global expert on freshwater resources. Dr. Gleick is the cofounder and current president of the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California. He is also the author of Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water, author and editor of The World’s Water, a biennial book on fresh water and the author and editor of Water in Crisis.

Heather Cooley is the codirector of the Pacific Institute’s Water Program. Ms. Cooley has been a contributor to multiple editions of The World’s Water, writing chapters on the energy implications of water supply and the impact of climate change on water resources, and The Water-Energy Nexus in the American West. She manages several water projects at the institute associated with the science and policy of water efficiency, desalination, climate change, and more.

Lucy Allen is a research associate with the Pacific Institute’s Water Program. Her current research interests include water quality and drinking water regulation, and the links between water, energy, and climate change. She graduated with high distinction from

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A Twenty-First Century US Water Policy
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • List of Abbreviations xiii
  • Introduction- the Soft Path for Water xv
  • 1 - The Water of the United States 3
  • 2 - Legal and Institutional Framework of Water Management 23
  • 3 - Water and Environmental Justice 52
  • 4 - Tribes and Water 90
  • 5 - Water Quality 109
  • 6 - Protecting Freshwater Ecosystems 142
  • 7 - Municipal Water Use 167
  • 8 - Water and Agriculture 195
  • 9 - Water and Energy 221
  • 10 - Water and Climate 244
  • 11 - United States International Water Policy 263
  • 12 - Conclusions and Recommendations 288
  • Appendix - Key Pieces of Federal Legislation 305
  • Notes 313
  • About the Authors 317
  • Index 319
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