Were water considered an industry, it would be one of the largest in the United States, surely the most capital-intensive, and the most closely regulated by Congress. Yet as Peter Rogers argues in this readable, pragmatic, and scientifically grounded assessment of national water issues, it would also be one of the most fragmented and least coherent areas of public policy.
Rogers brings together all aspects of water (and water use) to look at policy formation from technical, economic, and political points of view. He shows why these separate perspectives must be considered simultaneously if intelligent policies are to be developed to protect this indispensable resource for present and future generations.
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"America's Water offers timely background on water policyhistory and failures essential to an adequate understanding ofhow to reform federal policy in the 21st century. Given the natureof the current difficult debate over reauthorization of the SafeDrinking Water Act, one can only hope that some of his insightsmake it into the national water agenda." —Peter Gleick, Issues in Science and Technology