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Five Things to Consider When Developing and Adapting Water Policies and Programs in the West

June 2014

Citation: ELR 10485

Author: Marion Boulicault and Adam Schempp

Water policies and programs in the western United States have not always achieved the results originally envisioned. The surrounding circumstances, from public opinion and involvement to hydrology and administrative capacity, significantly influence policy and program effectiveness. This Article identifies and provides examples of these key external characteristics, categorizing them under five overarching factors: social and political dynamics; physical landscape; economics; law; and administrative capacity. Considering these factors, and tailoring water policies and programs accordingly, offers the best chance of achieving the desired results.

Marion Boulicault is a graduate student in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Adam Schempp is the Director of the Western Water Program at the Environmental Law Institute.

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