Riverflow – The Right to Keep Water Instream, by Paul S. Kibel, Cambridge University Press, 2021
There are many people and places connected to rivers: fishermen whose livelihood depends on river ecosystems, farms that need irrigation, indigenous groups whose cultures rely on fish and flowing waters, cities whose electricity comes from hydroelectric dams, and citizens who seek wild nature. For all of these people, instream flow is vitally important to where and how they live and work. This book reveals the diverse and creative ways people are using the law to restore rivers, from the Columbia, Colorado, Klamath and Sacramento–San Joaquin watersheds in America, to the watersheds of the Tweed in England and Scotland, the Fraser in Canada, the Saru in Japan, the Nile in North Africa, and the Tigris–Euphrates in the Middle East. Riverflow documents that legal tools to preserve the ecological integrity of waterways are already available. The question is whether there is the political will to deploy these tools effectively. The book may be purchased online, at www.cambridge.org/9781108832137, entering the code KIBEL2021.