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"The Supreme Court of Science" Speaks on Water Rights: The National Academy of Sciences Columbia River Report and its Water Policy Implications

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dc.contributor.author Benson, Reed
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-02T23:12:03Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-02T23:12:03Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.citation 35 Envtl L. 85 (2005) en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/7026
dc.description.abstract Professor Benson reviews the Report on Columbia River water withdrawals and their effects on salmon recently issued by the National Academy of Sciences to the Washington State Department of Ecology, the agency responsible for managing Washington’s water withdrawals from the Columbia and its tributaries. After reviewing the Report, Professor Benson compares its recommendations with western water law’s doctrine of prior appropriation and finds that many of the Report’s recommendations are in direct conflict with prior appropriation principles. Finally, Professor Benson discusses the potential impact of the Report on water law in Washington and throughout the West. He concludes that, because the National Academy of Sciences is a highly respected research organization, despite the conflict between the Report’s recommendations and traditional western water law, the Report appears to be guiding Washington in its formulation of new water withdrawal policies and may guide other states’ policies in the future. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College en_US
dc.title "The Supreme Court of Science" Speaks on Water Rights: The National Academy of Sciences Columbia River Report and its Water Policy Implications en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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