Searching Out the Headwaters Change and Rediscovery in Western Water Policy

ISBN-10: 1559632186

ISBN-13: 9781559632188

Edition: 1993

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Description: To the uninitiated, water policy seems a complicated, hypertechnical, and incomprehensible subject: a tangle of engineering jargon and legalese surrounding a complex, delicate, and interrelated structure. Decisions concerning the public's waters involve scant public participation, and in such a context, reform seems risky at best.Searching Out the Headwatersaddresses that precarious situation by providing a thorough and straightforward analysis of western water use and the outmoded rules that govern it. The authors begin by tracing the history and evolution of the uses of western water. They describe the demographic and economic changes now occurring in the region, and identify the many communities of interest involved in all water-use issues. After an examination of the central precepts of current water policy, along with their original rationale and subsequent evolution, they consider the reform movement that has recently begun to emerge. In the end, the authors articulate the foundations for a water policy that can meet the needs of the new West and discuss the various means for effectively implementing such a policy, including market economics, regulation, the broad-based use of scientific knowledge, and open and full public participation.

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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 9/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 253
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Preface
The West's Gordian Knot
Water in a Changing West
Voices
The West Today
River Basin Stories
Losing Sight of the Headwaters
The Journey to Rediscovery
Change and Rediscovery in Western Water
Epilogue: History Need Not Repeat Itself
Appendix: The Language of Water
References
Index
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