Legal Constraints on the Transport of Water

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by William E. Cox, Virginia Polytechnic Inst &, State Univ, Dep of Civil, Engineering, Blacksburg, VA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Applications in Water Resources

Abstract: Legal constraints on water transport are based on legitimate concerns for protecting the future interests of the area of origin, but such constraints sometimes appear overly restrictive in view of actual water needs likely to arise in the area of origin. Improvement of the existing condition can be achieved by modification of existing institutional arrangements to enhance negotiation and through development of better data concerning future water demands and impacts of water transfer proposals. These modifications are an important aspect of improved water resources management since proposals for water transfer will continue to arise as water demand increases over time.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Legal affairs | Water supply systems | Water demand | Resource management | Negotiation | Hydrologic data | Domain boundary |

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