The Water Dissensus – A Water Alternatives Forum

"How could anything non-controversial be of intellectual interest to grown-ups?" (Edward Abbey) This Forum is intended to provide space for critical debates and discussions about water issues. Existing dissensus, or antagonistic values and points of view, can be turned into a learning opportunity for the benefit of all and give way to reasoned debates that have the potential both to further understanding of complex water issues and to generate new ideas.

University Distinguished Professor of Law, Illinois Tech, Chicago-Kent College of Law. Professor Tarlock was born and educated in California. His mother’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints ancestors pushed a handcart from Nauvoo, Illinois, arriving in Salt Lake City in 1852. His father’s Italian immigrant parents settled in Fresno in 1914. His interest in western water issues dates from early visits to relatives in Provo, Utah who explained why ditches filled with running water ran through the city.

How long can Old Prior appropriation water rights survive in a climate-stressed, urban American West?

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