Searching Out the Headwaters: Change and Rediscovery in Western Water Policy / Edition 1

Searching Out the Headwaters: Change and Rediscovery in Western Water Policy / Edition 1

by Sarah F. Bates, David H. Getches, Lawrence MacDonnell, Charles F. Wilkinson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559632186

ISBN-13: 9781559632188

Pub. Date: 09/28/1993

Publisher: Island Press

To most Americans - and even to most Westerners - water policy seems to be a complicated, hypertechnical, and incomprehensible subject: a tangle of engineering jargon and legalese surrounding a complex, delicate, and interrelated structure. Decisions concerning the public's waters involve precious little public participation, and under such circumstances, reform seems…  See more details below

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To most Americans - and even to most Westerners - water policy seems to be a complicated, hypertechnical, and incomprehensible subject: a tangle of engineering jargon and legalese surrounding a complex, delicate, and interrelated structure. Decisions concerning the public's waters involve precious little public participation, and under such circumstances, reform seems risky at best. Searching Out the Headwaters seeks to address the situation by providing a framework for understanding western water use and the outmoded rules that govern it. Only by understanding the waters of the West and the people whose lives and livelihoods depend on them can concerned citizens comprehend the seriousness of the current situation and help take steps toward reform. The authors begin by tracing the history and evolution of the uses of western water. They describe the demographic and economic changes now occurring in the region and identify the many communities of interest involved in all water-use issues. After examining the central precepts of current water policy, along with its original rationale and subsequent evolution, the authors consider the reform movement that has recently begun to emerge. They conclude by laying the foundations for a water policy that can meet the needs of the new West and by discussing the various means for effectively implementing such a policy, including market economics, regulation, the broad-based use of scientific knowledge, and open and full public participation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559632188
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Edition description:
1
Pages:
253
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

About Island Press,
About the Natural Resources Law Center,
Title Page,
Copyright Page,
Preface,
Chapter One - The West's Gordian Knot,
Chapter Two - Water in a Changing West,
Chapter Three - Voices,
Chapter Four - The West Today,
Chapter Five - River Basin Stories,
Chapter Six - Losing Sight of the Headwaters,
Chapter Seven - The Journey to Rediscovery,
Chapter Eight - Change and Rediscovery in Western Water,
Epilogue - History Need Not Repeat Itself,
Appendix - The Language of Water,
References,
Western Water Policy Working Group,
Western Water Policy Workshop Participants,
Discussion Papers Prepared for the Western Water Policy Project,
About the Authors,
Index,

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