“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
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.
Robert Glennon's Talks
April 29, 2020– Arizona Hydrological Society, Phoenix, AZ (virtual)
April 22, 2021 – International Facility Management Association, Boston, MA
Looser standards for showerheads could send a lot of water and money down the drain
September 2, 2020
For more than 25 years, Congress has directed U.S. government agencies to set energy and water efficiency standards for many new products. These measures conserve resources and save consumers a lot of money. Until recently, they had bipartisan support. But President Trump has turned efficiency standards…
September 2, 2020For more than 25 years, Congress has directed U.S. government agencies to set energy and water efficiency standards for many new products. These measures conserve resources and save consumers a lot of money. Until recently, they had bipartisan support. But President Trump has turned efficiency standards…
Why I Am Optimistic About Water
July 20, 2020I recently received an email from a retired hydrologist, asking my thoughts about the future of water management. Here’s his note and my reply. “I read your newly-published Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters in…
Water and COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities
June 4, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of life in the United States. It has significant implications for water and wastewater systems. Consider these examples.
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Regents Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy
James E. Rogers College of Law
University of Arizona
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