The nation has been on a century-long binge of engineering projects to command and control the rivers of the Western United States – corralling and contorting wild rivers to meet the needs of the growing west and, in many cases, dictating how and where it would grow. But those days are over, writes Nate Berg at Planetizen. "You will never see another federal dam," U.S. Department of the Interior Deputy Assistant Secretary Deanna Archuleta said at the symposium Dec. 8-9 on water and land use in the West, hosted by the Urban Land Institute in partnership with the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the Sustainable Sites Initiative, and Ernst & Young. Conspicuously held in Las Vegas, the event drew together a spectrum of developers, policymakers and academics to explore the role of water in the future of development in the arid region. As resources dry up and sustainability issues take a bigger place in the spotlight, many attendees conceded that something has to change, Berg reports.