Desert Water

The Future of Utah's Water Resources

Hal Crimmel has brought the findings of science together with the experienced voices of environmental social scientists, humanists, and activists to provide perspective on Utah water issues. The matters discussed are relevant beyond this one state, as similar conditions and concerns, especially over supply and demand in the face of demographic and climate change, exist throughout the West. Some of the essays are scientific and analytical; others literary and personal. Together they draw attention to problems that Utah residents and policy makers must address but also emphasize ways to build solutions. Desert Water will help citizens, policy makers, and anyone interested in Utah’s water supply and use—as everyone in the state should be—understand the real challengesand ethicsinvolved in managing this vital, finite resource. By awareness, these essays should create a sense of urgency for finding workable solutions. 

Hal Crimmel is Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor of English at Weber State University. He is author of Dinosaur: Four Seasons on the Green and Yampa Rivers, editor of Teaching in the Field: Working with Students in the Outdoor Classroom (University of Utah Press, 2003), and coeditor of Teaching About Place: Learning from the Land

Praise and Reviews:
“Extremely well-rounded, representing a variety of approaches to water in arid Utah.” —Michael D. Burke, professor of English, Colby College. 

“The contributors to Desert Water present a clear-eyed look at history and the unreal present in hopes of averting the coming train wreck of waste, climate change, and intractable politics. Yet everywhere the love of Utah’s rivers and landscapes seeps through, inspiring a sense of urgency and hope that we can do better. This examination of Utah’s particulars is relevant wherever water is precious and finite—that is, everywhere in the West.” —Bradley John Monsma, author of The Sespe Wild: Southern California’s Last Free River

“For anyone interested in learning more about the condition of water resources in UtahDesert Water is an overall valuable resource.... It offers a fair evaluation of pressing issues and conservation motivations from a multitude of perspectives.”–University of Denver Water Law Review