DATE CHANGE – Winning the Water Wars

October 27, 2020

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
11 AM PT

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“Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting” is one of the more iconic quotes attributed to water management in the West. Few issues carve up competing political, economic, and geographic interests quicker than water, especially in California.


Join us on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 11 AM for a conversation with veteran journalist Steven Greenhut on all things water conservation, storage, and infrastructure, as well as talk about his new PRI book, Winning the Water Wars.


Greenhut’s new book explores water infrastructure solutions beyond storage and dams and examines the importance of water pricing and trading, regulatory reforms, desalination, wastewater treatment, and more.


One focus of the book explores the ongoing water policy debate between agricultural interests advocating increased storage, and environmental advocates who oppose these projects in the name of habitat restoration. Greenhut argues that California water policy should be based on a policy of abundance, which would more effectively protect endangered fish than flushing water out to sea.  The book also looks at how free-market water market reforms could better facilitate water transfers and trading.

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Greenhut oversees R Street’s efforts in California, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Idaho, Washington state, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming and Hawaii as Western Region Director. A veteran journalist, he continues to write regular columns on California policy and politics and also serves on the Southern California News Group editorial board.  Previously, he founded PRI’s former CalWatchdog news service in 2009.

He is the author of two books, Abuse of Power: How the Government Misuses Eminent Domain (2004) and Plunder! How Public Employee Unions are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation (2009).

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