Evolving Institutions for Water Transfer in the U.S.

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by William C. Cox, (M.ASCE), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution

Abstract: A major source of constraint is state water allocation law, which defines rights for water use and development, including in some cases restrictions on place of use that limit transfer. Powers of state governments to control water transfer to locations outside the state of origin are restricted by the powers of the federal government regarding interstate commerce. The federal role also encompasses direct participation in water development activities, including projects involving significant water transfers. The federal government also regulates water development by others. The existing institutional framework is necessarily complex, but excessive complexity should be controlled.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Federal government | Water resources | Water rights | Laws | Water use |

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