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WEBINAR DATE: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM
WEBINAR TITLE: Water Law & Policy Challenges: Lessons Learned in the West that Might Help Inform Eastern U.S.
PRESENTER: Lara Fowler, Senior Lecturer, Penn State Dickinson School of Law and Research Fellow, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Penn State University
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*Webinar Description: *
Increasing demands on water for both instream and out of stream uses have made managing water more difficult. In the western United States, water managers have begun to explore and implement both structural and legal changes to manage water supplies, particularly in the face of increasing uncertainty related to water supply. Changes in the timing and type of precipitation, and the potential or occurrence of more frequent and more severe droughts and floods have focused water managers on creating more resilient water supply systems, again both for instream and out of stream uses. This presentation offers potential lessons learned from regulatory and policy innovations being explored in the Western United States to manage both instream and out of stream uses. The presentation draws on experience in several Western states on complex water management issues, including water allocation between Northern and Southern California, groundwater storage in the Los Angeles area, water allocation in Oregon's Deschutes River Basin, flooding in Washington's Chehalis River Basin, and water supply questions in Washington's Dungeness River Basin. In each of these situations, water managers examined and have implemented a range of legal and policy tools to address water supply needs, including both surface and ground water supplies. Such tools range from requirements for water conservation plans for new water permits to drought management plans, aquifer storage and recovery, groundwater storage, conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water supplies, and water markets and banking. After providing a basic overview of western water law and the prior appropriation doctrine and eastern water law and the riparian doctrine, this presentation will examine how these tools have been used elsewhere and will explore how these types of tools could be applied in the Eastern US.
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