Water needs and wants
How much water do communities in the arid western United States need to survive? It depends on what the public decides to do with the water. Fundamental ethical considerations, policy debates, and planning concerns must be addressed to adequately answer this question. As a society how do we ensure that our wants for water do not imperil the human and ecosystem need for water?
Joanna Endter-Wada is an Associate Professor of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy in the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University. Her work focuses on water policy and law in the U.S. West where she contributes to finding more equitable and sustainable approaches for using this vital resource. After researching water issues and interacting with water officials, managers, users, and scientists for more than two decades, Endter-Wada appreciates the many challenges and trade-offs involved in water-related decision making. As an academic researcher and practicing scholar of public policy, Endter-Wada engages in interdisciplinary science projects, translates science to the general public, and serves in appointed positions on task forces, boards, and committees. She has worked with government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels on water, urban landscape, forestry, fisheries, public land, and wetland issues. She is a member of the International Association for Society and Resource Management, the American Water Resources Association, and the Ecological Society of America.