Director of Water Resources
Professor of Practice
A former science journalist, John Fleck is focused on the problems of the Colorado River, an imperiled water source on which 40 million people in the United States and Mexico depend. As a Professor of Practice in Water Policy and Governance in the University of New Mexico Department of Economics and director of the University’s Water Resources Program, he co-teaches classes in contemporary water policy issues, modeling, and technical communication for water managers. He first wrote about water in the 1980s as a beat reporter covering the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He is the author of the books Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths About Water in the West, an exploration of solutions to the Colorado River Basin’s water problems, and co-author of Science Be Dammed: How Ignoring Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River.
- Kuhn, Eric, and John Fleck. Science Be Dammed: How Ignoring Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River. University of Arizona Press, 2019.
- Fleck, John. Water is for fighting over: And other myths about water in the west. Island Press, 2016.
- Castle, Anne, and John Fleck. "The Risk of Curtailment under the Colorado River Compact." (2019).
- Jones, Benjamin A., and John Fleck. "Urban Trees and Water Use in Arid Climates: Insights from an Integrated Bioeconomic-Health Model." Water Economics and Policy 4.04 (2018): 1850022.
Teaching and Research Interests
- Colorado River
- Water policy and governance
- Science-policy communication