Regional Water Cooperation: An Alternative to Interbasin Transfer

by Neil S. Grigg, Colorado State Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Critical Water Issues and Computer Applications


Due to political and environmental impacts interbasin transfer is often regarded as an undesirable alternative for water supply development. However, water authorities will pursue interbasin transfer aggressively if they perceive the water is needed to meet demands. As a result, conflict often develops between interest groups and regions over interbasin transfer proposals. Interbasin transfer proposals can result from frustration with attempts to extend supplies through cooperation among existing water authorities in a region. This often repeated outcome is presented in the form of a scenario, with examples of how the scenario works, and suggested principles for using regional cooperation to reduce the need for interbasin transfer or other drastic water development measures.

Subject Headings: Team building | Basins | Water policy | Water resources | Political factors | Environmental issues | Water supply

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