Urban Water Planning—A Western Nevada Case Study

by John W. Fordham, Univ and Community Coll System of, Nevada, Reno, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation


The result of the increased demands due to population growth in the Reno/Sparks urban area and new uses i.e., environmental and Pyramid Lake related, has created increased competition for limited available regional water resources. This competition has generated considerable water resource planning activity at all levels of government and the private sector to cope with the evolving situation. This has resulted in numerous plans often conflicting or overlapping, and considerable political maneuvering. The per will trace this activity from before 1970 when most water planning for this area performed by Federal agencies in a rather benign atmosphere to today where local private entities dominate the process in a highly competitive atmosphere.

Subject Headings: Municipal water | Case studies | Urban areas | Water resources | Water supply | Environmental issues | Private sector | Dispute resolution | Nevada | United States

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