John Sabo is an associate professor in the School of Life Science and the director of research development at the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. His work focuses on the importance of water in determining the resilience of animal and plant populations and communities in river and riparian ecosystems. His work on water scarcity seeks to maximize biodiversity and human food security.

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To grasp the scale of water scarcity in the West, consider that earth fissures have opened up in Arizona from excessive groundwater pumping.1 In Southern California, lack of water has prompted the cancellation of scores of commercial and residential construction projects.2 In Northern California, a fight is brewing over the Sacramento-San …

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