July 21, 2010
Here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, I sheepishly admit that I really don’t pay much attention to the issue of water scarcity. Last week, however, news sources gushed with a bevy of articles detailing how our need for and access to clean, potable H20 are moving in polar directions.
- London opened its first desalination plant.
- The Hoover Dam is not longer quenching the needs of the American South West.
- Last month was the hottest June on record. For Planet Earth. For all of recorded history.
Should you too find yourself curious about the law that helps govern water rights in the U.S., try a quick search of the phrase “water rights” in the Westlaw directory. This yields such helpful treatises as: Law of Water Rights and Resources, Getches’s Water Law in a Nutshell, Water and Wastewater International and Laitos’ Hornbook on Natural Resources Law – among many others.
If you would grow tired of bad water news, cross your fingers for this rare piece of good water news.