Historical Perspective on Water Management Values | PODCAST |

The Central Arizona Project canal is one of the state's most important assets, serving a region where four out of five Arizonans live and providing irrigation water for cities, farms, and tribes. Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue
Global water narrative has American roots

How did water become considered a resource? What values guide its management?

Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton spoke with Dr. Jeremy Schmidt, lecturer in geography at the University of Durham, about his new book, Water: Abundance, Scarcity, and Security in the Age of Humanity. Schmidt argues that the dominant global water narrative — of abundance leading to scarcity and now concerns about security — developed from early 20th century American ideas.

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