It is unrealistic and unwise to believe that water law will or should govern land use decisions, or alternatively that land use planning and regulation will or should govern water management. Nonetheless, the initially unsettling question of whether one area of law and policy should control the other provokes discussion and reflection on both why and how we might move toward greater integration of land and water controls.
Wet Growth: Should Water Law Control Land Use? was written as a means to disseminate new ideas about the land/water interface in law and policy and provides an overview of the relevant issues, current trends toward integrating land and water controls, and prospects for further progress. The authors of this book describe the nature and costs of our currently fragmented management of land and water resources that results in unsustainable practices and suggest principles that should guide and direct our response to these problems. Although they take differing perspectives, the authors share common, or at least overlapping, observations about the fragmentation and integration of land and water controls.
"The evidence is in: water’s scarcity and its diminishing quality are the reigning considerations in land use control and environmental management. Practitioners, professors, and students must read Wet Growth, a much needed compendium of works by some of our nation’s deepest land use and environmental thinkers. Professor Arnold and his authors have made a major contribution to this new field of investigation."
- John R. Nolon
Professor of Law, Pace University School of Law Counsel to the Land Use Law Center
Visiting Professor, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Author, Open Ground: Effective Local Strategies for Protecting Natural Resources