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Restore the Salton Sea not to its former size but to its role in the ecosystem – Brent M. Haddad and Robert Glennon

LA Times
October 6, 2022

  California’s largest inland body of water is in trouble. Inflows to the Salton Sea have decreased, salinity is growing, the ecosystem is collapsing, and neighboring communities are suffering high rates of respiratory illnesses caused, many believe, by contaminants in dust blowing off the exposed former seabed. It’s not possible to import enough water quickly enough to… Read 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 Recent and Upcoming Talks

2022

October 24, 2022 – Maricopa (Arizona) Community Colleges (virtual)

October 18, 2022 – Palouse Basin Water Summit, Pullman Washington

September 21, 2022- The Australian National University, Canberra Australia

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

March 31, 2022 – Reilly GLOBES Program Speaker, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Indiana

April 12, 2022 – California Water Environment Association, Annual Conference, Sacramento, California

May 19, 2022 – Next Generation Water Summit 2022, Santa Fe, New Mexico

September 21, 2022 – The Australian National University, Canberra Australia

2021

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, Florida

 

 

Commentaries

Human actions created the Salton Sea, California’s largest lake – here’s how to save it from collapse, protecting wild birds and human health – Robert Glennon and Brent M. Haddad

The Conversation
January 10, 2023
The Salton Sea spreads across a remote valley in California’s lower Colorado Desert, 40 miles (65 kilometers) from the Mexican border. For birds migrating along the Pacific coast, it’s an avian Grand Central Station. In midwinter tens of thousands of snow…

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Arizona thinks ocean desalination will bring it the water it needs. It won’t – Robert Glennon and Brent M. Haddad

azcentral.
December 4, 2022
Opinion: There are far cheaper and more secure options to find new water for Arizona than desalinating ocean water from the Sea of Cortez. The allure of seawater desalination seems irresistible. All that ocean water just waiting to have the…

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Salton Sea’s fate is dependent upon the Imperial Irrigation District – Robert Glennon and Brent M. Haddad

Desert Sun
December 3, 2022
On Sept. 30 the Independent Review Panel set up by California’s Salton Sea Management Program issued its final report. SSMP charged the panel with evaluating proposals to import water to the Salton Sea. In the end, the panel did not…

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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