Shepherding Appropriated Water within Colorado and to Lake Powell for Colorado River Compact Security
9 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2017
Date Written: August 30, 2017
This paper provides an introduction to the challenges associated with providing additional water to Lake Powell to reduce the risk of non-compliance with the Colorado River Compact, commonly referred to as shepherding. It provides the background for the concern about Lake Powell storage levels, discusses issues raised under Colorado law associated with shifting appropriated water for this purpose and moving it to Lake Powell undiminished by other uses. It also explores the challenges with managing this water for compact security purposes in Lake Powell.
Keywords: shepherding; Colorado water law; Colorado River Compact; Upper Colorado River Compact
JEL Classification: K29
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