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Water Law

Treatises and Reference Works

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To see a complete list of materials available in the library related to water law, search the catalog for SUBJECT:  Water -- Law and Legislation or SUBJECT:  Water Rights.

All the Water the Law Allows:  Las Vegas and Colorado River Politics (Christian S. Harrison, 2021)
In this political and legal history of the Las Vegas water supply, Harrison focuses on the creation and actions of the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) to tell a story with profound implications and important lessons for water politics and natural resource policy in the twenty-first century.

California Water Law (Ryan Bezerra, 2022)
This eBook, from West Academic, examines the California legal rules and doctrines that govern the use of water in the state through the lens of California's constitutional water policy and that policy's history.

Economical, Political, and Social Issues in Water Resources (Omid Bozorg-Haddad, 2021)
This collection introduces key concepts in water resource management, including domestic and international governance, water economics, and health.

Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law:  Water Law (Joseph W. Dellapenna & Joyeeta Gupta, eds., 2021)
This collection is a volume in a landmark collaboration of distinguished scholars from a range of academic institutions. It discusses legal and policy matters pertaining to water management, including water politics, water security, property boundaries, international water law, and Indigenous water rights. It expands beyond traditional environmental law topics to include discussions of water's role in energy production and water's role in natural disasters.

Fresh Water in International Law (Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, 2021)
Water disputes are greatly magnified in a global perspective, as waterways may be shared by as many as seventeen countries. In addition to the challenge of disputed uses, the book identifies threats such as climate change and overexploitation by modern society as threats to water security in areas around the globe.

Just Add Water:  Solving the World's Problems Using Its Most Precious Resource (Rhett Larson, 2020)
Demonstrates the nexus between water security and a host of legal and sustainability challenges, including climate change, inequality, war, public health, and human migration.

Nature-Based Solutions and Water Security:  An Action Agenda for the 21st Century (Jan Cassin et al., 2021)
Examines the state of the law and science behind a new approach to water insecurity -- rethinking infrastructure to accommodate natural ecosystems. While the new paradigm carries promise, the costs and extended time to realize benefits present obstacles for politicians interested in implementing changes.

A Research Agenda for Water Law (Vanessa Casado Perez & Rhett Larson, eds., 2023)
This timely Research Agenda provides imaginative solutions to existing and emerging challenges for the study, application, and development of water law. It argues for a dynamic approach to water law, anticipating how water and its relationship to humanity will shift due to climate change, modern societal norms and values, and technological innovation.

Water:  A Biography (Giulio Boccaletti, 2021)
Water:  A Biography shows how irrigation's structure informed social structure (inventions such as the calendar sprung from agricultural necessity); how in ancient Greece, the communal ownership of wells laid the groundwork for democracy; how the Greek and Roman experiences with water security resulted in systems of taxation; and how the modern world as we know it began with a legal framework for the development of water infrastructure.

Water Law (Joseph W. Dellapenna & Joyeeta Gupta, eds., 2021)
Edited by Joseph W. Dellapenna, Visiting Professor of Law, Peking University Transnational School of Law, China, Director of the Model Water Code Project of the American Society of Civil Engineers, US and Rapporteur of the Berlin Rules on Water Resources and Joyeeta Gupta, Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam and Professor of Law and Policy in Water Resources and Environment, IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education, the Netherlands.

Water Law in a Nutshell (Sandra B. Zellmer & Adell L. Amos, 2021)
Introduces the central legal doctrines involved in distributing water resources, including the Western prior appropriation system of "first in time, first in right," groundwater management systems, and legal issues involving Indian reservations and interstate resources. Also available as an eBook on West Academic (available on campus or with a West Academic account).

Water Stewardship (Pernille Ingildsen, 2020)
Explores new legal and social approaches to better managing and distributing water resources, including water footprints, integrated water resource management, and water as a common good to be protected for all.

Waters and Water Rights (Amy K. Kelley, ed., 2022)
A deeper dive into the legal structures governing water distribution, from surface water allocation through prior appropriation or riparian rights, to groundwater. Discusses the public right to use water, Indian reservation rights, transboundary distribution, and environmental controls.

Western Water Rights and the U.S. Supreme Court (James H. Davenport, 2020)
This book traces the development of water law in the Western United States, providing the historical context for the development of legal principles such as prior appropriation. It explores decisions, especially cases involving disputes between states over waterways that cross jurisdictional boundaries.