Water Scarcity in the American West

Unauthorized Water Use and the New Future of Water Accountability

  • Isaac M. Castellano

About this book


This book examines the role of unauthorized water use in the American West (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) and the coming demand for water accountability.  Arguing that status quo responses to unauthorized water use (or water theft) and the protection of water rights are largely inadequate, this title examines the far-ranging impacts of this lackluster response on issues ranging from food production to urban livability, and concludes that there will be intense pressure at both the federal and state level to address these issues. Utilizing qualitative and quantitative models and collaborative management literature to identify ideal approaches, this project ultimately seeks to address this major crisis of states’ legitimacy and analyze potential solutions under the ever-expanding threat of climate change.


Unauthorized Water Use Water American West American West Drought Water Policy Climate Change Drought Climate Change Adaptation Environmental Crime Arizona Water California Water Colorado Water Idaho Water Montana Water New Mexico Water Oregon Water Utah Water Washington Water IDWR Hyrdcoelectric Power Integrated Water Resource Management Sustainable Ground Water Management Act

Authors and affiliations

  • Isaac M. Castellano
    • 1
  1. 1.Boise State UniversityBoiseUSA

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