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Water is for Fighting Over


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A new, surprising, and optimistic picture of water in the West. Authored by a journalist who has covered western environmental issues on-the-ground, in-depth for 25 years. Reveals the personalities and politics that govern the Colorado River Basin.

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John Fleck is writer-in-residence and adjunct faculty member in the Water Resources Program at the University of New Mexico. For 25 years, he covered science and the environment for the Albuquerque Journal. He is author of The Tree Rings' Tale, a children's book about the climate of the West.


"An informative yet exceptionally compelling journey through the evolution of the Colorado River basin management...Fleck provides an accessible, informative, and captivating look into water management issues and the ways in which we have adapted and persevered through water scarcity."
-- "Groundwater"
"At the 1% extreme of thoughtful readble pieces on western water. The book is one of the most insightful and helpful works...since Cadillac Desert."-- "California WaterBlog"
"Having covered environmental issues in the West for a quarter century, John Fleck brings a particular expertise to the pages of Water is for Fighting Over...[The book] is a fresh take on western water as it brings to light the true history of collaboration and examines the bonds currently being forged to solve the Basin's most dire threats."-- "Midwest Book Review"
"Herald[s] a new genre, one less focused on catastrophe than innovation...Fleck may be writing about water, but his real subject is human nature."-- "Pacific Standard"
"John Fleck's Water is for Fighting Over is a smart, provocative, and ultimately hopeful look at how to solve water conflicts in the Colorado River Basin, the lifeline of the American Southwest. Fleck walks us away from the doomsday mentality of conflict and crisis toward a future that's already emerging--one of mutual adaptation that capitalizes on the numerous untapped opportunities to do more, and better, with less water. The story of the West is indeed a story of water, but not the narrative we've had drummed into our heads."--Sandra Postel, Director, Global Water Policy Project and co-author of Rivers for Life

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