Model Water Sharing Agreements for the Twenty-First Century

by Stephen E. Draper, (editor),

American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, VA
978-0-7844-0614-4 (ISBN-13) | 0-7844-0614-6 (ISBN-10), 2002, Soft Cover, Pg. xv, 184
23 cm.

Document Type: Book

Abstract: This report proposes clear standards and principles for effective and efficient water sharing among two or more autonomous political bodies. Drawing from existing transboundary agreements, this report presents a series of model codes that could limit the potential for conflict while providing an appropriate balance among efficient use of the water resource for economic purposes, public health, and ecological protection. Three model agreements are presented for use according to the willingness of the parties to forgo sovereignty. All three models—coordination and cooperation, limited purpose, and comprehensive management—focus on the allocation and use of shared waters and on resolving conflicts involving such waters. These three water sharing agreements can be used within the United States and, with minor alterations, in the international arena.

Subject Headings: Hydrologic models | Agreements and treaties | Water resources | Public health and safety | Transboundary water | Water use | Water conservation | North America | United States


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