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Peter W. Culp

Peter Culp is a partner in the Phoenix office of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, an international law firm, where he practices in the areas of water, natural resources, and environmental law. Culp is best known for his expertise on water rights and water policy issues, including the complex laws governing the domestic and international management of the Colorado River. He represents a variety of municipal, agricultural, nonprofit, and investment clients in matters related to surface water rights, groundwater rights, and state and federal water policy, and also serves on several boards and commissions related to water resource management and policy. His published works on water and natural resource issues have appeared in a variety of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Arizona Republic, Arizona Law Review, Nevada Law Journal, Ecology Law Quarterly, and Southwest Hydrology, and he is recognized by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and Southwest Super Lawyers. For his work on Colorado River issues, Culp has twice received the annual Partners in Conservation Award from the U.S. Secretary of Interior, together with The Nature Conservancy of Arizona’s Outstanding Conservation Achievement Award and the Arizona Capitol Times’ Leader of the Year Award in Public Policy (Environment). Culp received his J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Arizona in 2001.

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How the Market Can Mitigate Water Shortages in the American West

The American West has a long tradition of conflict over water. But after fifteen years of drought across the region, it is no longer simply conflict: it is crisis.