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Book review of Comparing Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

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Cockerill, K. (2010). Book review of Comparing Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by J. R. Lund, E. Hanak, W. E. Fleenor, W. A. Bennett, R. E. Howitt, J. F. Mount, and P. B. Moyle. Ecological Economics 69(12):2644. (15 Oct 2010) Published by Elsevier (ISSN: 1873-6106). Book Review Comparing Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Kristan Cockerill Comparing Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Jay R. Lund, Ellen Hanak, William E. Fleenor, William A. Bennett, Richard E. Howitt, Jeffrey F. Mount, and Peter B. Moyle. University of California Press. 2010. ISBN 978-0-520-26197-6 (cloth). 231 pages. The key message in Comparing Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is that fundamental change will characterize the delta of the future. This will manifest in both a changing physical reality (e.g. rising sea level) and changes in how we manage the delta to address ecosystem function and human demand for water. This is an excellent primer for the specifics of this particular Delta, which is part of the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas and is the greatest single source of water for the state of California. More generally, this text offers insight for the complexity inherent in water management decisions in the 21st century. The text is visually appealing, with numerous full color maps, charts and tables. It is thoroughly cited and offers a useful glossary as well as a complete index. Additionally, the book is well served by its multidisciplinary authorship. This integrative approach to assessing various options should be the model for any work addressing water management. One critique of this specific group of authors is that they seem to equate policy with economics. There are two economists represented, but no authors whose specialty is politics or regulatory processes (i.e. a political scientist), or broader yet, no one with a more cultural approach to policy making. The lack of thi

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