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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

April 29, 2020– Arizona Hydrological Society, Phoenix, AZ (virtual)

April 22, 2021 – International Facility Management Association, Boston, MA

 

Commentaries

Testing sewage can give school districts, campuses and businesses a heads-up on the spread of COVID-19

The Conversation
November 24, 2020
November has brought encouraging news about several COVID-19 vaccines. But members of the general public will probably not be vaccinated before the spring or summer of 2021 at the earliest. Americans will be living with this pandemic for some time…

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Looser standards for showerheads could send a lot of water and money down the drain

The Conversation
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…

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Why I Am Optimistic About Water

July 20, 2020
I 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…

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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