Lessons Learned in Southeast United States

by William R. Walker, State Univ, Blacksburg, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Supplying Water and Saving the Environment for Six Billion People


The droughts during the decades of the eighties in the southeast were the most severe during the period of record. In addition to the immediate inconvenience they caused, they were precursors of more serious problems in the decades ahead as water demands continue to increase and resource remains finite. The humid southeast became acutely aware that existing institutions and water laws were inadequate to cope effectly when water availability was insufficient under existing arrangements to satisfy all demands. Increased water management was destined to be a reality in the southeast region of the United States. Ground and surface waters in the physical world are one resource and the laws which govern their use must reflect this physical reality, but such has not been the case in most southeastern states. 'New' uses such as those associated with instream use - navigation, fish and wild life, recreation, and quality maintenance - must now be accommodated.

Subject Headings: Water shortage | Water resources | Water policy | Water-based recreation | Water supply | Water quality | Droughts | United States

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