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The Big Thirst by Charles Fishman

The Big Thirst brilliantly explores our strange and complex relationship to water. We delight in watching waves roll in from the ocean; we take great comfort from sliding into a hot bath; and we will pay a thousand times the price of tap water to drink our preferred brand of the bottled version. We love water—but at the moment, we don’t appreciate it or respect it. Just as we’ve begun to reimagine our relationship to food, a change that is driving the growth of the organic and local food movements, we must also rethink how we approach and use water. The good news is that we can. As Fishman shows, a host of advances are under way, from the simplicity of harvesting rainwater to the brilliant innovations devised by companies such as IBM, GE, and Royal Caribbean that are making impressive breakthroughs in water productivity. Knowing what to do is not the problem. Ultimately, the hardest part is changing our water consciousness.




Water and Power by William L. Kahrl


Water and Power: The Conflict over Los Angeles' Water Supply in the Owens Valley has been required reading for multiple political science courses at the University of Colorado at Boulder. This work will be of interest to those who wish to improve their understanding of the problems surrounding water resource allocation in the West. Kahrl begins with an examination of the history of water policy in the United States. He discusses the opposition of the underlying goals of water policy for the Eastern v. Western portions of the United States. In the former, the goal is to mange the removal of excess water, for the latter the goal is to acquire sufficient amounts of scarce water. Thus, water policy was re-invented in the Western US.






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