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Renee Bright / KUER

Water policy shapes how we live in the West, and for years, we’ve carried on, changing very little in our water consumption, even in the face of megadroughts, increasing population density and shrinking lakes and rivers.

This is, partially, because water policy can feel arcane, complicated, outdated and difficult to understand.

Today, there is a pressing need to understand and change water policy. We talk with water law expert, Dan McCool, about the fundamental flaws in our approach to water use and how we can shape a better water policy.

Listen to the episode here.


  • Gregory Smoak is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Utah and Director of the American West Center.
  • Dan McCool is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science, focused on water law and water resources, at the University of Utah.

Airdate: Friday, June 10, 2022 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

KUER RadioWest Host/Executive Producer
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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