Water Rights for New Federal Land Conservation Programs: A Turn-of-The-Century Evaluation
John D. Leshy
University of California Hastings College of the Law
June 9, 2010
University of Denver Water Law Review, Vol. 4, No. 2, Spring 2001
This article addresses how to integrate the water requirements associated with new federal land conservation initiatives – such as new national parks, wildlife refuges, conservation areas, recreation areas, and wilderness any policy areas – with state water law systems. It looks at past controversies over federal reserved rights, and suggests a kind of third way – rights substantively defined by federal law and procedural perfected through state water rights systems, as a reasonable compromise between state and national interests. It touts the approach Congress used in designating the Great Sand Dunes National Park as a model.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 19
Keywords: Water rights, federal lands, federal water rights, water policy, water politics
JEL Classification: K10, K11, K32, Q20, Q25
Date posted: June 9, 2010
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