Webinar—When the Water Dries Up: Lessons from the Failure of Water Entitlements in Canada and the U.S.

Date: April 23rd, 2013

In this webinar, the guest speakers discuss how our historic reliance on individual “rights” to water is often at odds with the on-the-ground responses of licence holders to water scarcity: when faced with scarcity, licence holders will frequently forego their legal entitlements in favour of negotiated, local solutions in their watershed. Using the Klamath Basin Agreements of 2010 as an example of a recent, complex and comprehensive approach to resolving problems with water scarcity, the speakers discuss the gap between on-the-ground practice and legal concept in theory.


Deborah Curran
Hakai Professor in Environmental Law and Sustainability & Program Director, Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria Faculty of Law

Glen Spain
Northwest Regional Director, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations

When the Water Dries Up—Summary & Slides (PDF, 8.3 MB)