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Welcome to the companion website for the book Water Management: Prioritizing Justice and Sustainability, by Shimon Anisfeld, available from Island Press. (Use code WATER for a 20% discount.) This website provides a growing suite of resources for understanding and managing the full range of water problems. It is designed to be used together with the book, although many of the resources can be used independently. All the resources on this site are available for free use, with credit to Shimon Anisfeld and watermanagement.yale.edu, under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license.

Available resources on this website include up-to-date versions of every table and figure in the book, along with additional case studies and deeper dives. New material is added regularly, so come back often!

The website is organized in the same way as the book, by Part and Chapter, but also includes a section for cross-cutting resources, including a water science primer. After an introductory chapter, the book (and website) is divided into four parts:

  • Part 1 provides an overview of water as a resource for human use, addressing basic questions about supply—how much water is available (including how availability is affected by climate change); demand—how much water we are using; and scarcity—the gap between supply and demand. 
  • Part 2 looks at how rivers are managed for instream uses (navigation, hydropower, fishing, recreation, flood management, waste disposal, dams), the ecological and social consequences of those uses, and how these consequences could be mitigated. 
  • Part 3 examines water governance, including issues of water allocation, environmental flows, tribal water rights, planning and coordination, and transboundary conflict and cooperation. 
  • Part 4 delves into offstream water uses—municipal, industrial, and agricultural—with the goal of understanding how those uses could better serve the people who are reliant on them while minimizing impacts on other communities and ecosystems.