Item description for Arizona Water Policy: Management Innovations in an Urbanizing, Arid Region (RFF Press) (Rff Press) by Bonnie G. Colby; Katharine L. Jacobs Bonnie G. Colby...
The central challenge encountered by Arizona and many other arid regions in the world is keeping a sustainable water supply in the face of rapid population growth and other competing demands. This book highlights new approaches that Arizona has pioneered for managing its water needs. The state has burgeoning urban areas, large agricultural regions, water-dependent habitats for endangered fish and wildlife, and a growing demand for water-based recreation. A multi-year drought and climate-related variability in water supply complicate the intense competition for water. Written by well-known Arizona water experts, the essays in the book address these issues from academic, professional, and policy perspectives that include economics, climatology, law, and engineering. Among the innovations explored in the book is Arizona's Groundwater Management Act. Arizona is not alone in its challenges. As one of the seven states in the Colorado River Basin that depend heavily on the river, Arizona must cooperate, and sometimes compete, with other state, tribal, and federal governments. One institution that furthers regional cooperation is the water bank, which encourages groundwater recharge of surplus surface water during wet years so that the water remains available during dry years. The Groundwater Management Act imposes conservation requirements and establishes planning and investment programs in renewable water supplies. The essays in Arizona Water Policy are carefully edited so they are accessible for a broad policy-oriented and nonacademic readership. The book explores Arizona?s water management and extracts lessons that are important for arid and semi-arid areas worldwide.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2007
Publisher Resources For the Future Press
ISBN 1933115351 ISBN13 9781933115351
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Water in the Desert Aug 18, 2007
I recall dire predictions in the 1950s that the Southwest would soon run out of water. Now, with the population of Arizona larger by several hundred percent, as if by magic there is still enough water. I read this book to find out how Arizona manages its small supply of water, a subject about which I know almost nothing.
There is no beautiful writing or art here; this book contains 15 workmanlike essays by scholars and experts on various aspects of water management. Hidden amidst a welter of acronyms and dry expositions -- pun intended -- are lots of facts and history. For example, 80 percent of Arizona's water supply still goes to agriculture even though the state now has about six million people. (Instead of growing cotton we don't need and have taxpayers subsidize the crop, I would rather see some of this water devoted to restoring Arizona's endangered wetlands or the Colorado River Delta in Mexico.)
I enjoyed the essay "Sustaining People, Habitats, and Ecosystems" which talks of trying to preserve scarce riverine environments in the face of ever-increasing demands for water by a growing population. Other items of interest included charts and maps showing climatic warming in Arizona over the last 70 years, precipitation statistics, details of droughts past, and expositions on groundwater and the Central Arizona Project which brings Colorado River Water to Phoenix and Tucson. I learned to my amazement about "groundwater replenishment" in which Arizona cities store their surplus waster in underground aquifers for later use. I puzzled over a chart showing that Tucson uses much less water per capita than Phoenix. Why? I'd like to know a bit more about that. I laughed at a quote from Theodore Roosevelt that he could foresee a time when Phoenix attained a population of 150,000 (present population 3 million).
In 200 pages the book offers to my simple mind a thorough account of Arizona water issues. This book will not attract the general reader, but it's good if you are a glutton for facts and curious about how water finds its way to your tap.
No Surprises Here Feb 18, 2007
This is book touches on many of the tough water issues that Arizona faces in the future. The authors and contributors are well-respected (although, in my humble opinion, sometimes too jaded to be as innovative as I think water policy makers could be), and it's a good source to find other legal and some scientific information. You'll find that the sections are organized according to topic, which is very useful, though one should beware of some of the non-P.C. language that is used (there are a few references to the "tribal" nature of water, which I actually find somewhat offensive, given Arizona's large number of indigenous communities).
On a personal level, I'm still baffled by the idea that Arizona's non-conjuctive water policies (i.e. don't manage surface and groundwater together) are hailed as "progressive", which you'll find throughout this book as well as in other literature on Arizona's groundwater policies.
Generally, I would say this is a good place to begin for learning about AZ water polciy, but beware of the innovation paradigm that AZ's water policy makers would like you to believe about the state...it's not all it's cracked up to be. Having a critical eye is a good precaution, especially in this case.