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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


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


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




Robert Glennon Opines: ‘If You Live in New York City, Why Should You Care What Happens to the Colorado River?’

August 17, 2022

The Colorado River is facing a crisis caused by the seven basin states diverting more water from the river than Mother Nature reliably provides, a nasty 23-year drought that shows no signs of ending, and climate change.

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Rethinking a finite resource

July 1, 2022

National Hockey League teams in the United States and Canada annually use 300 million gallons of water to operate their arenas. Most facilities use a surprising amount of water. Yet facility managers, much like everyone else, might take water for granted.

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A water strategy for the parched West: Have cities pay farmers to install more efficient irrigation systems

The Conversation
June 30, 2022

“Are you going to run out of water?” is the first question people ask when they find out I’m from Arizona. The answer is that some people already have, others soon may and it’s going to get much worse without dramatic changes.

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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