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Los Angeles needs to reclaim what we used to consider ‘wastewater’

Los Angeles Times
March 5, 2019

Many people think water is infinite and inexhaustible. But it’s finite and exhaustible. All the water there is, is. We can’t make any more.

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Praise for Robert Glennon

“If you want to scare yourself silly, read Water Follies …. You’ll learn how America is irrigating itself to death … while sucking its groundwater aquifers dry.” Margaret Atwood, in the Toronto Globe & Mail.

“The wells of the American dream stand a good chance of running dry; and to read Glennon’s necessary book is to know that without water there will be no wine, no roses, nothing over Dorothy’s rainbow except a pillar of salt.” Lewis H. Lapham, former editor of Harper’s Magazine and founder and editor of Lapham’s Quarterly.

 

“In Unquenchable, the examples of what uses the most water … were shocking.” Jon Stewart, on The Daily Show.

” … a lively account of hydrology ….” Bill McKibben, in the New York Review of Books.

“Robert Glennon has the heart of an environmentalist and the head of an economist. He also has a very good sense of humor – or maybe the absurd – which is on fine display in his survey of the nation’s use and abuse of its vast but imperiled water resources…. Unquenchable is a significant event in the literature of water management.” Tracy Mehan III, in The Environmental Forum.

“Robert Glennon connects the dots between our water woes and climate change, energy, growth, the environment, and agriculture. He makes a compelling case that we need to rethink how we use this prized resource and provides a number of thought-provoking solutions.” then-Senator Mark Udall, Colorado.

[Water Follies] is a book as rich in detail as it is devastating in its argument.” Douglas Jehl, in Scientific American.

” … an array of informative stories that should contribute to shaking us out of what Glennon calls ‘the unlimited human capacity to ignore reality.'” The Washington Post.

About Robert Glennon

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Robert Glennon is one of the nation’s preeminent experts on water policy and law. The recipient of two National Science Foundation grants, Glennon serves as an advisor to governments, corporations, think tanks, law firms, and NGOs looking to solve serious challenges around water sustainability and planning.

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Robert Glennon's Talks

September 27, 2021 – International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials, Annual Education & Business Conference (virtual)

October 4, 2021 – Chief Executives Organization, Global Leaders Forum, Washington, D.C.

October 28, 2021 – International Facility Management Association, Kissimmee, FL

January 20, 2022 – Ft. Worth Lecture Foundation, Ft. Worth, TX

 

Commentaries

Water is cheap…should it be?

NPR, The Indicator from Planet Money
September 1, 2021
SYLVIE DOUGLIS, BYLINE: NPR. (SOUNDBITE OF DROP ELECTRIC SONG, "WAKING UP TO THE FIRE") SALLY HERSHIPS, HOST: All this week, we are talking about water or the lack of it. The climate crisis means intense heat, drier weather and drought,…

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As Colorado River Basin states confront water shortages, it’s time to focus on reducing demand

The Conversation
August 16, 2021
The U.S. government announced its first-ever water shortage declaration for the Colorado River on Aug. 16, 2021, triggering future cuts in the amount of water states will be allowed to draw from the river. The Tier 1 shortage declaration followed the U.S. Bureau…

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Containing the Spread of COVID-19: The Importance of Continued Wastewater Testing and Surveillance

Currents
July 26, 2021
We seem to have turned a corner on COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. Infection and death rates are way down. Multiple vaccines, developed in record time, seem to be helping. More than a hundred million American have been fully…

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Contact

For questions about booking Robert Glennon for a speaking engagement, please see the Speaking page for more information. For other general inquiries, please use the form below. Or send mail to the address listed.

Robert Glennon
Regents Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy
James E. Rogers College of Law
University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721
(520) 621-1614
glennon@arizona.edu