Summative Assessement: Water Sharing



Write a two-page (double-spaced) paper incorporating your answers to the questions below. Include at least two new references from published literature (not web-based articles). In addition to your own research on the Rio Grande, use the files linked below to gather information for the paper. As always, be sure to give appropriate citation for the works you use.


What political problems do all of the examples of "sharing" rivers presented in Module 9 have in common? Using your research on the Rio Grande as an example, explain how the water quality of major rivers is impacted by water use for agriculture. What can governments do, when all people are dependent on both food and water for survival?


An Analysis of the 1944 U.S.-Mexico Water Treaty: Its Past, Present, and Future (recent law brief by A.A. Umoff)

U.S.-Mexico Water Sharing: Background and Recent Developments (Congressional Research Service report by Carter, et. al.)

Chapter 9 from Summary: The State of the River Nile Basin 2012 (The Nile Basin Initiative)

Sharing the Ganges: a critical analysis of the water sharing treaties (journal article in Water Policy by Tanzeema and Faisal)

Submitting Your Answers

Bring your typed and printed paper to class to turn in (blended) or submit online for the online only sections.

Scoring and Rubric