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Water without Borders?

Canada, the United States, and Shared Waters

edited by Emma S. Norman, Alice Cohen & Karen Bakker

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2013
Canadian, Environmental Science, Geography, General
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Since 1909, the waters along the Canada-US border have been governed in accordance with the Boundary Water Treaty, but much has changed in the last 100 years. This engaging volume brings together experts from both sides of the border to examine the changing relationship between Canada and the US with respect to shared waters, as well as the implications of these changes for geopolitics and the environment. Water without Borders? is a timely publication given the increased attention to shared water issues, and particularly because 2013 is the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation.

Water without Borders? is designed to help readers develop a balanced understanding of the most pressing shared water issues between Canada and the United States. The contributors explore possible frictions between governance institutions and contemporary management issues, illustrated through analyses of five specific transboundary water “flashpoints.” The volume offers both a historical survey of transboundary governance mechanisms and a forward-looking assessment of new models of governance that will allow us to manage water wisely in the future.

About the authors

Emma S. Norman is an assistant professor of Geography at Michigan Technological University.

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Alice Cohen is an associate professor in the departments of earth & environmental science and environmental & sustainability studies at Acadia University.

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Karen Bakker is Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology, director of the Program on Water Governance, and a professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia.

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Editorial Reviews

‘A nauanced presentation of perspectives from both sides of the border… This book illustrates the fascinating and dynamic nature of the past and present of trans-border water management.’

BC Studies vol 185 spring 2015

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