Robert W. Adler

Restoring Colorado River Ecosystems
A Troubled Sense of Immensity

Over the past century, humans have molded the Colorado River to serve their own needs, resulting in significant impacts to the river and its ecosystems. Restoring Colorado River Ecosystems explores the many questions and challenges surrounding the issue of large-scale restoration of the Colorado River basin, and of large-scale restoration in general. Author Robert W. Adler examines and critiques the oftenchallenging interactions among law, science, economics, and politics within which restoration efforts must operate.


Robert W. Adler is the James I. Farr Chair and Professor of Law at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law.  His books include Restoring Colorado River Ecosystems: A Troubled Sense of Immensity (Island Press, 2007); Environmental Law: A Conceptual and Pragmatic Approach (with David Driesen, Aspen, 2007); and The Clean Water Act: 20 Years Later (Island Press, 1993).   He has also written dozens of book chapters and articles in legal, scientific and popular sources on a wide range of issues in environmental and water law and policy, and has received numerous awards for his work, including the prestigious “Hammer Award” from Vice President Al Gore, the President’s Award from America’s Clean Water Foundation, the Outstanding Service Award from the Utah Chapter of the American Water Resources Association, the Pfeiferhorn Award for Conservation Leadership in Utah, and the Peter R. Billings Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Law.  Before joining the Utah faculty, he was Clean Water Program Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council; Executive Director of Trustees for Alaska; and a Staff Attorney with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources.  Adler received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1980, and his B.A. in ecology from Johns Hopkins University in 1977.


One Straube Center Blvd • Pennington, NJ 08534 • Phone: 609-737-3322 • E-mail:
Straube Center Boulevard surrounded by Route 31, West Franklin Ave., Knowles Ave.-Bixby’s Way, and Broemel Place