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Correcting Mismatched Authorities: Erecting A New "Water Federalism", Robert Abrams
Conflicts over water allocation have, become a national topic, rather than a regional one confined to the West. Increased water use and projections for further increased demand are combining with the decline of stationarity to underscore the importance of having sound water management policies and a coherent plan for water allocation at the ready and capable of implementation. Historically, and in an earlier era of water federalism, the state police power was acknowledged as the proper locus for making water law and policy.
In the twentieth century, even while laws and rhetoric respected the division of authority favoring the states ...