Interstate Water Management: Implications of Recent Virgina/North Carolina Conflicts

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by William E. Cox, Virginia Tech, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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

Abstract: Attempts to expand the public water supply of the urbanized southeastern corner of Virginia by transferring water from an interstate river flowing from Virginia into North Carolina has generated substantial interstate conflict. Efforts to reach a negotiated solution have been unsuccessful, and federal decision processes have become the primary forums for resolving conflict. Although this conflict is still pending final resolution, it provides a basis for identifying several factors central to resolution of interstate water conflict. After a brief summary of the conflict's background, the paper examines the broader implications of the case relative to interstate water management.

Subject Headings: Water supply | Dispute resolution | Water management | Water resources | Highways and roads | Municipal water | Light rail transit | Urban development | North America | Virginia | United States | North Carolina

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