Thursday, June 26, 2008
Leshy on Interstate Groundwater Resources
John Leshy has published an article titled, "Interstate Groundwater Resources: The Federal Role," 14 Hastings W-Nw J. Envtl. L. & Pol'y 1475 (2008), in which he tackles the hot topic of groundwater that crosses state lines. John cites the example of Las Vegas, which has maxed out its allotment of the Colorado River and is now planning to tap an aquifer that Nevada shares with Utah. Utah is not amused. Several other states are in similar fights over interstate groundwater. John also provides a grammar lesson: with respect to whether it's "groundwater" or "ground water," John agrees with the engineers that "ground water" is what you get when you put ice in a blender.