Here is CNREP's 6WWF page.
He recently penned this essay that's an
...account of the experience of federal officials, state legislators, and representatives of Native American Tribes, an international water commission, and a conservation organization as they shared the story of water management in the U.S. American West at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France, in March 2012.
I love this passage:
During one of the audience participation sessions, one person seemed somewhat skeptical about the West’s adaptive, somewhat incremental approach to water management. More specifically, he questioned the effectiveness of voluntary water markets to meet large-scale changes in water use patterns and asked if the West would consider and/or be forced to transfer water from one major river basin (like to Columbia River) to another (e.g., the Colorado River). In response, Senator Fraser [state senator from WA] quickly and emphatically answered “no – N-O – no.” The international audience was surprised (if not stunned), not familiar or necessarily comfortable with a sub-national government official being quite so quick and bold in the face of representatives from the national (federal) government. The panel members laughed and shook their heads with approval.
This response revealed both the tensions that underlie water management in a federated system as well as the opportunities it presents for creative solutions built upon cooperation and shared authority. Brian McPeek (The Nature Conservancy) repeatedly articulated the importance of working together to solve water problems at all spatial scales in the West – from shortages in particular watersheds to meeting new demands for instream flows to sharing water across state and international boundaries. Panel members agreed with this observation, and emphasized that the effectiveness of managing water in the West is a dynamic tension that simultaneously respects people’s private property rights to use water, seeks to restore indigenous rights to water, and productively engages both federal and state governments, as well as the private sector and non-governmental organizations, to build and maintain infrastructure and administer water rights.
The key message the panel shared with the international water community is that water management in the West is adaptive, and that adaptive strategies more often than not emerge through a process of negotiation and mutual gain. This message echoes Wallace Stegner’s oft-quoted conclusion about the region in The Sound of Mountain Water – “When it fully learns that cooperation, not rugged individualism, is the quality that most characterizes and preserves it, then … it has a chance to create a society to match its scenery.”
Gotta love adaptive management!
Ahhh...Western water! You either love it or you obsess about it. I recall trying to explain Western water management and law to my South Caucasus colleagues a number of years ago. The looks on their faces spoke volumes. And it wasn't my English they could not understand!
Enjoy! I did.
“When it [the West] fully learns that cooperation, not rugged individualism, is the quality that most characterizes and preserves it, then … it has a chance to create a society to match its scenery.” - Wallace Stegner, The Sound of Mountain Water (from the essay)