I teach an undergraduate course on natural resource economics, and I've got somewhere between 1 and 2 weeks currently devoted to water issues. I've been using Tietenberg's chapter on the subject, augmented by a couple of chapters from Haddad's book on California water markets, and the Wikipedia article on Riparian water rights. Any suggestions for a couple of readings that would improve the interest level and the quality of the content? I'd love to have a good non-technical article on aquifer depletion, for example.I suggest looking through the archives of this blog using keywords (aquifer, McCloud, groundwater, depletion).
While scanning the archive, I realized that we understand things by looking at them from different angles and in different layers. If I were this teacher, I'd tell the students to search this blog (or WaterWired) and then write a one-page summary (with links!) on aquifers, depletion, etc.
If you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments (with links, if possible).