Water Rights Issues

by Otis W. Templer, Texas Tech Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Role of Social and Behavioral Sciences in Water Resources Planning and Management


The paper focuses primarily on the fragmented legal rights to water in the hydrologic cycle, with conjunctive use and management of interconnected water resources and with some conflicting public and private interests in instream water use. The author provides: 1) an historical summation of these selected water rights issues, 2) an evaluation of methods and techniques for resolving these problems, and 3) a commentary on obstacles to and prospects for needed water rights policy changes in these areas.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Water rights | Water policy | Water management | Water use | Legal affairs | Hydrology | Political factors

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