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About the Book
Water issues permeate all aspects of law, and much of what affects water is borne on the state and local level. A new book by the ABA State and Local Government Law Section, Whose Drop Is It, Anyway? Legal Issues Surrounding Our Nation's Water Resources, is a valuable resource and practical tool discussing the legal issues surrounding water resources and the current issues and trends that are influencing the legal regimes. Practical in use, this book can be used as a tool for developing effective water management strategies in your own jurisdictions.
As scarcity issues become more common and threats like global climate change loom with uncertainty over our water resources, water only stands to become more pervasive in the future. Containing some of the more important and timely topics, as well as notable real-world examples with regard to water management, this book discusses:
the two major legal regimes that govern water management: prior appropriation in the western states and reparianism in the east;
the growing trend of watershed management in appropriation states on the regional and local level;
the Federal Government's use of the Endangered Species Act to impose its will on state and local governments;
the efforts to adapt to climate change in conservation and land use planning, as well as the challenges water managers face now and in the future.
where we have gone wrong with water pricing and what needs to be done to fix it;
exploration of real-world water management in different areas of the country, including the Great Lakes and Florida;
and much more!
Written by leading experts in the field, Whose Drop Is It, Anyway? Legal Issues Surrounding Our Nation's Water Resources will provide you with guidance in this growing area.