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The Balancing Act: A Comment on "A Federal Act to Promote Integrated Water Management: Is the CZMA a Useful Model?"

August 2013

Citation: ELR 10692

Author: Adam Schempp

In A Federal Act to Promote Integrated Water Management: Is the CZMA a Useful Model?, Prof. Barton Thompson addresses the significant challenge of substantive and geographic fragmentation in water management. He proposes using the characteristics of the Coastal Zone Management Act as a blueprint for greater integration of water management across the United States. This approach has promise; but the laws, interests, economics, politics, and practice surrounding freshwater are sufficiently dissimilar from those facing coastal management to raise questions as to its likelihood of success.

Adam Schempp is the Director of the Western Water Program at the Environmental Law Institute.

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