The Water Problem: Climate Change and Water Policy in the United States

The Water Problem: Climate Change and Water Policy in the United States

by Pat Mulroy

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Building water resilience is the single biggest challenge in a changing global climate.

The United States faces a water crisis as critical as the energy crisis that once dominated headlines. Like the energy crisis, a solution can be found. Pat Mulroy, for many years general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the lead negotiator on the Colorado River for the State of Nevada, and a Brookings fellow, has gathered a number of practitioners and scholars to show us why we face a crisis caused by climate change and what we can do to alleviate it.

While the focus recently has been on California, with its water restrictions and drought, many other parts of the United States are also suffering from current and potential water shortages that will only be exacerbated by climate change. The Water Problem takes us to Miami and the problem of rising oceans fouling freshwater reservoirs; Kansas and Nebraska, where intensive farming is draining age-old aquifers; and to the Southwest United States, where growing populations are creating enormous stresses on the already strained Colorado River.

Mulroy and her contributors explore not just the problems, but also what we can do now to put in place measures to deal with a very real crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815727866
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Pat Mulroy is a Brookings nonresident senior fellow for climate adaptation and environmental policy at the Metropolitan Policy Program located at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law. She also serves as the senior faculty advisor for water resources and technology at the Desert Research Institute. For twenty-five years Mulroy served as the general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, shepherding the creation of the agency that, through revolutionary water management changes and aggressive water conservation programs, allowed the region to triple in size during her tenure.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Hidden Obstacles to Adaptation
1. Climate Change: A Strategic Opportunity for Water Managers
2. The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta: Resolving California’s Water Conundrum
3. The San Diego Strategy: A Sea Change in Western Water
4. The Colorado River Story
5. Nebraska’s Water Governance Framework
6. Groundwater in the American West: How to Harness Hydrogeological Analy sis to Improve Groundwater Management
7. Southeastern Florida: Ground Zero for Sea- Level Rise
8. Finding the Balance in New York City: Developing Resilient, Sustainable Water and Wastewater Systems

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