Several years ago, I drove from Las Vegas to the Hoover Dam.  The 30-odd mile trip, which takes some forty-five minutes, snakes down Nevada Route 93, the Great Basin Highway, in a southeasterly direction, past the town of Henderson.  Departing Las Vegas, which sits at an elevation of approximately 2,000 feet (610 m), one drives… Read More

                      Across the world, indigenous communities face threats to their access to water because of climate change. Indeed, water management is one of the most fundamental climate change-related issues in North America and internationally. It involves issues of equity, and is related to significant political,… Read More

What Rights Do Native Americans Have in Water:State v. Acquavella (In re Yakima River Drainage Basin, 177 Wash. 2d 299, 296 P.3d 835 (Wash. 2013) (en banc).  Part I Native Americans have had their water rights curtailed or, exttinguished, by European/American settlers, since the latter reached the west.  As the Congressional Research Service confirmed in an… Read More

HooverDam, was built in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, during the depressionera of the twentieth century.  The dam’s construction was authorized by The Boulder Canyon Project Act of 1928.[1]  Situated along the border between the United States’ southwesternstates of Nevada and Arizona, its construction began in 1931, during PresidentHerbert Hoover’s tenure and was… Read More

For all of the benefits of the doctrine of equitable allocation, it does have its critics. One of the major ones was the renowned water scholar Charles J. Meyers. In his classic study of the Colorado River.(1) Meyers condemned both the equitable apportionment method and the Supreme Court’s principle as unwieldy and inefficient. In fact, he… Read More

Water Sharing: India’s Inter-State and Transboundary Dynamics From Pathways to Development January 23, 2017  0 India, like many other countries/regions, has a water scarcity issue. But what makes India’s water troubles unique is that, not only does it has water sharing conflicts with other countries, but also between States themselves. This is because States,… Read More

President-elect Donald Trump has pulled a page out of the McCarthy era.  His transition team wants to know which scientists in the Department of Energy did their jobs.  That is, which employees went to climate science conventions as required to by the Obama Administration. Every one of Mr. Trump’s nominees to head an agency is… Read More

A shift in the use of water and other resources, from a policy or pattern of unchecked water use a few decades ago, to today’s era of water scarcity, has created a situation that has resulted in the potential for disputes over rivers worldwide.  Some of these arguments include the decades-long dispute between Mexico and… Read More

International water allocation disputes have been a constant in the universe of international disputes, as is demonstrated by the suite of disputes selected herein.  Today, the issues that led to these disputes and other environmental and natural resources threats, are more problematic than they were in the past, as a consequence of the persistent expansion of worldwide… Read More