Douglas S. Kenney

Senior Research Associate, Getches-Wilkinson Natural Resources Law Center
Director of the GWC Western Water Policy Program

University of Colorado Law School
322J Wolf Law Building
401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0401
Office: 322J
Phone: (303) 492-1296

Curriculum Vitae:  View (PDF format)

Educational Background:
Ph.D.   University of Arizona   1993  
M.S.   University of Michigan   1989  
B.A.   University of Colorado   1987  
Doug Kenney has been with the Natural Resources Law Center since 1996. He researches and writes extensively on several water-related issues, including law and policy reform, river basin and watershed-level planning, the design of institutional arrangements, water resource economics, and alternative strategies for solving complex resource issues. Dr. Kenney has served as a consultant to a variety of local, state, multi-state, and federal agencies, including several Interior Department agencies, EPA, the US Forest Service, and special commissions (e.g., the Western Water Policy Review Advisory Commission); and national governments and non-governmental organizations in Asia and Africa. Additionally, he has made presentations in (at least) 19 states (and the District of Columbia), 7 nations, and 4 continents.

Published Books

Kenney, Douglas S., and Robert Wilkinson (editors). 2011. The Water-Energy Nexus in the Western United States. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Kenney (ed.), In Search of Sustainable Water Management: International Lessons for the American West and Beyond, (2005).


Kenney with Sarah Bates, Anne Bensard, and John Berggren, The Colorado River and the Inevitability of Institutional Change, Public Land & Resources Law Review, 32:103-152.
Kenney (with Andrea Ray, Ben Harding, Roger Pulwarty, and Brad Udall), Rethinking Vulnerability on the Colorado River, Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education, 144:5-10, March 2010.
Kenney (with Goemans, Klein, Lowrey, and Reidy), Residential Water Demand Management: Lessons From Aurora, Colorado, Journal Of The American Water Resources Association Vol. 44, No. 1 (NOTE: if interested contact the author for a reprint) (2008). abstract
Kenney (with Peter D. Nichols), Watering Growth in Colorado: Swept Along by the Current or Choosing a Better Line?, 6 U. Denv. Water L. Rev. 411 (2003).
Kenney (with Kenneth D. Genskow), Building State-Local Watershed Partnerships, River Voices, 11(2):1, 4-9 (2000).
Historical and Sociopolitical Context of the Western Watersheds Movement, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 35(3):493-503 (1999).
Are Community-Based Watershed Groups Really Effective?: Confronting the Thorny Issue of Measuring Success, Chronicle of Community, 3(2):33-38 (1999).

Book Chapters

The Colorado River: What Prospect for 'A River No More'?, in River Basin Trajectories: Societies, Environments and Development 123 (Francois Molle & Philippus Wester eds.) (2009).
History of River Governance in the United States, in Sustainability in River Basins: A Question of Governance 109 (Alexandra Dehnhardt & Ulrich Petschow eds.) (2008).
Are Community Watershed Groups Effective? Confronting the Thorny Issue of Measuring Success, in Across the Great Divide: Explorations in Conservation and the American West, pages 188-193. Edited by Philip Brick, Donald Snow, and Sarah Van de Wetering (2000).

Selected Press, Media & Publicity

The Rain Barrel Is Only the Beginning of the West's Water Wars | New Republic | Monday, April 11, 2016
A Free-Market Plan to Save the American West From Drought | The Atlantic | Tuesday, March 1, 2016
A Road Map to Improve the Federal Government's Drought Response | Public Policy Institute of California | Monday, February 1, 2016
Drilling underground for room to store water | Fox News | Wednesday, November 4, 2015
End of the Miracle Machines: Inside the Power Plant Fueling America's Drought | Havasu News | Wednesday, July 15, 2015
A Thirsty Colorado Is Battling Over Who Owns Raindrops | The New York Times | Monday, June 15, 2015
The wild West of drought, crazy water rules, and cattle ranchers | Grist | Tuesday, June 9, 2015
As the River Runs Dry: The Southwest's Water Crisis | azcentral | Friday, February 27, 2015
Dry Times, Smart Solutions | The Boulder Daily | Wednesday, July 16, 2014
A Relentless Drought Is Forcing Las Vegas to Take Extreme Measures | | Thursday, July 10, 2014
It's Official: Colorado Oil Shale Development Would Use Tons of Water, | | Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The Water-Energy Nexus & the Downfall of the Supply-Side Paradigm | The Water Leader | Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Western Snow equals water relief | | Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Guest Commentary: Colorado River's coming crisis | Denver Post | Thursday, February 24, 2011
The drying of the West | The Economist | Thursday, January 27, 2011
Prompted By Scarcity, Colorado River Basin States Examine Their Lifeline | Circle of Blue | Monday, January 24, 2011