Water Rights for New Federal Land Conservation Programs: A Turn-of-The-Century Evaluation
University of Denver Water Law Review, Vol. 4, No. 2, Spring 2001
19 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2010
Date Written: June 9, 2010
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.
Keywords: Water rights, federal lands, federal water rights, water policy, water politics
JEL Classification: K10, K11, K32, Q20, Q25
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