Water Supply Uncertainties with Federal Permitting

by David L. Little, Denver Water Dep, Denver, United States,
Mary W. Hoddinott, Denver Water Dep, Denver, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Providing water in a semiarid region has historically been one of the most important responsibilities of government. This task was made more difficult by the uncertainties involved with long-range planning and the randomness of the weather. These uncertainties are generally addressed by maintaining a buffer between supply and demand with the installation of additional supplies in reasonable advance of projected needs or by constructing projects with additional capacity. With the advent of the federal permitting process, additional uncertainties were introduced to the supply of water. No applicant can go into the permitting process with any guarantee of acceptance. The huge resource and financial commitment necessary to complete the process is daunting, and applicants may hesitate to begin without some hope of constructive results.

Subject Headings: Water supply | Uncertainty principles | Federal government | Water resources | Water demand | Financial management | Arid lands | Permits

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