Ecosystem Management and the Role of Water Resources
American Bar Association, Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Ecosystems Committee Newsletter, Vol. 7, No. 2, April 2004
24 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2008
Date Written: April 1, 2004
Water is a component of every ecosystem and a necessary piece in the protection of ecological integrity. Often the focus in land conservation is on the physical metes and bounds of a particular parcel of land without adequate consideration for other components necessary for land protection. Without water, the conservation goals associated with land set aside by federal or state governments, non-governmental entities or private individuals cannot be achieved. The need to address water resources as part of ecosystem protection is more pronounced in the face of ever-increasing water shortages, familiar in the western United States and quickly moving east.
Keywords: water law, environmental law
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