Susan J. Marks is an award-winning journalist who spent more than a dozen years at the Denver Post as the Sunday business editor and special projects editor. She has focused on many consumer issues.

Based here in water-conscious Denver, Colorado, she knows firsthand about water rights, restrictions and shortages. In her book, Aqua Shock: The Water Crisis in America, she has delivered an even-handed, neutral and objective assessment to the water situation in this country and a global perspective. Water has become the golden commodity of the twenty-first century, and Susan does a great job of increasing our awareness about this finite resource.

Next week will be our special holiday issue.

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