Who is the Public?

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by John W. Bird, Univ of Nevada, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Legal, Institutional, Financial and Environmental Aspects of Water Issues

Abstract: The old concept of applying to the state for a right to use water has changed as the availability of unappropriated water has disappeared. Today the emphasis is on acquiring a water right from existing users or from distant sources. The cost of distant water requires a large amount of money and, as a result, investors who can see a profitable market if such water can be acquired and sold to a firm market. State laws typically require that the public be notified when water is acquired or transferred from distant sources. But the question is one of consequence to the state; who is the public to be notified? Until large companies from out of state began investing in the water market only local persons or entities had to be notified. But does a nation wide market require that potential investors in New York or Massachusetts be informed of large water deals in Nevada or Arizona?

Subject Headings: Water resources | Water rights | Laws | Profits | Water use | North America | United States | Nevada | Arizona | Massachusetts | New York

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