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 http://offprint.in/en/articles/water-sharing-india-s-inter-state-and-transboundary-dynamics  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


                      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


Transitional justice is  a  an approach to achieving fairness or just treatment during the turn around from  conflict and/or state repression to one where justice is being pursued.  In attempting  to achieve the state’s accountability and the redressing of victims rights.   Indeed, transitional justice affords victims a recognition of their  rights.  It also  promotes… 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… Read More


(1) The recently outed lead (Pb) contaminated water “find”/”event” in Michigan; the previously – and generally forgotten (2) Toledo Water crisis – An algal toxin in Lake Erie contaminated the drinking water used by Toledo and many of its suburbs in August, 2014. It prompted a “do not drink” advisory for parts of three days and fueled… Read More


Brazil drought: water rationing alone won’t save Sao Paulo     Every inhabited continent, to varying degrees, has areas where there is extremely high water stress. These are areas where more than 80% of the local water supply is withdrawn by businesses, farmers, residents and other consumers every year. These so-called stressed areas are also… Read More