Environmental journalist and Heart of Dryness author James Workman says that yes, water law attorneys are currently necessary but the real issue is understanding the longterm value of water and incentivizing people to conserve water.
“Scarcity leads to fights and fights lead to adjudication and adjudication leads to lawyers,” says Workman. But it doesn’t lead to figuring out the value of water, which he says is essential. He believes that instead of creating legal rights, it would be better to reward people for saving water and selling what they save to others that value it.
”The ideal for me would be to let everyone determine what the value is through an online marketplace. A system that rewards them for saving water. That system just doesn’t exist anywhere that I know of,” he explains.