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

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

To the uninitiated, water policy seems 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 scant public participation, and in such a context, reform seems risky at best.

Searching Out the Headwaters addresses that precarious situation by providing a thorough and straightforward analysis of western water use and the outmoded rules that govern it. 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 an examination of the central precepts of current water policy, along with their original rationale and subsequent evolution, they consider the reform movement that has recently begun to emerge. In the end, the authors articulate the foundations for a water policy that can meet the needs of the new West and discuss 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.

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


About Island Press,
About the Natural Resources Law Center,
Title Page,
Copyright Page,
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,
Western Water Policy Working Group,
Western Water Policy Workshop Participants,
Discussion Papers Prepared for the Western Water Policy Project,
About the Authors,

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