The George Washington University
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Department (EMSE)
Environmental & Energy Management Program (E&EM)
Fall 2000 (Volume 1, Number 3)

E&EM Professors Publish Two New Books

The latest books of two of GW’s most active Environmental and Energy Management adjunct professors were recently published.   Dr. Richard Cothern, E&EM Professorial Lecturer and former Executive Secretary of the EPA Science Advisory Board, recently completed a new book entitled Introduction to Regulatory Risk Analysis:  Environmental, Ecological, Food, Drugs and Other Insults to Life.  It became available in July 2000.   In November 2000, George William Sherk, J.D., doctoral candidate and Associate Professorial Lecturer celebrated the publication of his latest tome.  Published by Kluwer Law International, The Hague, it is entitled Dividing the Waters: The Resolution of Interstate Water Conflicts in the United States (ISBN/ISSN: 9041198199).

Professor Cothern’s book is the first comprehensive and integrated volume providing professionals with an introduction to all aspects of the risk analysis field.  The three major areas of risk assessment (exposure assessment and dose-response curves), risk communication (it needs to be two way) and risk management (including values and ethics) are presented in an integrated way along with many other related topics.
Jerry Sherk, J.D. is an Associate Professorial Lecturer and doctoral candidate in the Environmental and Energy Management Program at GW

Because the USEPA operates under several regulatory statutes that make decisions based on risk, the agency has developed and incorporated many risk-based analyses and guidelines over the years.  Other federal agencies (e.g. the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission) also assess health, safety and environmental risks.  The new book is intended for those entering the field of environmental risk and thus needing to understand how all the varying and diverse pieces are used and how they fit together.  It is structured to be used as a text taking the chapters in sequence.  However, many of the chapters stand alone and can be used by themselves.
An outline of Rick’s new book can be seen by clicking on the following link: 
Cothern Book Outline


A set of class notes in Power Point 2000 also is available to accompany the text.

Professor Sherk’s book, a hefty read at 1,016 pages, discusses the strategic role in that water has reached in international politics.  Sherk discusses the inevitability of interstate water conflicts that makes the need for a legal framework to resolve water allocation disputes an increasingly compelling one.
 Author and E&EM Professorial Lecturer Richard Cothern is a former Executive Secretary of the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Dividing the Waters presents a comprehensive study of the resolution of interstate water conflicts in the United States. It analyses the three mechanisms developed in the United States for this purpose - litigation in the Supreme Court, legislation enacted by Congress, and compacts negotiated by states between themselves - and analyses the interrelationship of these mechanisms.  The author discusses the Supreme Court's balancing of competing equities in order to reach its water apportionment decisions, the circumstances in which Congress has intervened to resolve such conflicts, and the strengths and weaknesses of compacts negotiated by parties themselves.  The book collects for the first time all the equitable apportionment decisions, legislative solutions, and interstate compacts in the United States to date.

By affording an understanding of the different means by which interstate water conflicts are resolved in the United States, Sherk’s work aims to provide examples and guidelines by which international water conflicts might be resolved.  It should be of particular value for those formulating policy in the international arena.
More information on Jerry's new book can seen by clicking on the following link: 
Sherk Book Site


Jonathan P. Deason, Ph.D., Lead Professor