2014 Draft Conference Program

Keynote Speaker - Robert Glennon


America’s self-inflicted water crisis is coming.  Throughout the Unites States, even in places that are not particularly dry or hot, communities, farmers and factories are struggling to find water, and even running out altogether.  Our water woes will get worse before they get better because we are slow to change out ways, and because water is the overlooked resource.  From the Vegas Strip to faux snow in Atlanta, from mega-farms to Washington’s love affair with biofuels, heady extravagances and everyday waste are sucking the nation dry.  This presentation will illustrate the urgency of this problem and the need for action on multiple fronts to solve it.  We cannot engineer our way out of this problem and the usual fixes or zany schemes.  America must make hard choices, and Professor Glennon’s answer is a provocative market-based system that values water a commodity and a fundamental human right.

Robert Glennon is Regents’ Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.  He is the author of many articles and books, including the acclaimed Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters.



"In 1979, people from North Dakota, Minnesota, and Manitoba got together in Fargo, 30 years ago this month (May) and we formed the first basin-wide organization to fight Red River flooding. We need to celebrate this and underscore the importance of a basin-wide approach to solving this issue."

-- Minnesota State Representative Morrie Lanning, past Chair of The International Coalition and Red River Basin Board.

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