Eastern Water Law Development: Progress and Problems

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

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources


Many eastern states have replaced common-law allocation systems with administrative permitting programs. These programs share some characteristics but also have significant differences in such areas as the geographical scope of controls, water sources subject to controls, location of decision-making authority, magnitude of water rights granted, duration of water rights granted, and the status of instream water use. They also vary in their weaknesses although certain deficiencies are relatively common. The trends that have created the current situation will likely continue. Continuing evolution in water law can be expected since a dynamic state is natural for water management institutions.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Water policy | Water rights | Water supply | Decision making | Water use | Permits | Laws | United States

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