G. Tracy Mehan III, Executive Director of Government Affairs at AWWA, sent me his review of Water Is for Fighting Over-and Other Myths About Water in the West by John Fleck. As he said in his email to me:
It offers a different, upbeat perspective on water management in the Colorado River basin. It appears in the April issue of Journal AWWA.
The first few paragraphs:
Among political scientists you will hear it said that no longer is governance just about government. With regard to water supply, this is particularly true in connection with the daunting challenges of both water quantity and quality offered by large-scale watershed or basin management. In a democratic society with constitutional checks and balances, not even the federal government—surely a major player—can simply wave a magic wand and just “make it so” in terms of a desired policy or outcome.
Consider the numerous levels of government and multiplicity of societal interests, both domestic and international, with an interest in managing the waters, say, of the Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, and, most notably, the Colorado River watersheds. Stakeholders include federal, state, tribal, and municipal governments; foreign nations and their provinces or states; agricultural organizations and irrigation districts; navigation interests; drinking water and wastewater utilities; conservation and environmental organizations; and media organizations and the citizens whose opinions are, for better or worse, formed by them.
"When archaeologists from some other planet sift through the bleached bones of our civilization, they may well conclude that our temples were dams." - Marc Reisner (thanks to Sarah Bates)