Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The Future of Prior Appropriation?
I was interested in this report in light of the new conservation ideas Kansas has been discussing of late - a replacement Water Rights Conservation Program (WRCP); a new, statutory Conservation use type; and a few others. Our GMD 4 new conservation ideas clearly address some of these recommendations, but not all of them. For this reason I’m not sure I agree with the report relative to all their recommendations, because I think Kansas is close to getting it right – at least in terms of what our conservation needs are.
It is possible that the author has a different concept of conservation, however. The report says it offers its recommendations to “..lead to more efficient, adaptive, or sustainable water use decisions.” Without definitions of efficient, adaptive and sustainable, it's hard to tell what the institute is really trying to convey. Anyway, the full report is available on line at the ELI Website. It's a compact 82 page report that gives specific examples from the following states: AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, TX, UT, and WA.