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Wet Growth, Should Water Law Control Land Use?


Craig A. (Tony) Arnold

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This comment to Dryland Democracy (Prof. Janet Neuman, in Dusting Off the Blueprint for a Dryland Democracy: Incorporating Watershed Integrity and Water Availability Into Land Use Decisions (Dryland Democracy)) will expand upon the theme of social costs, exploring how Professor Neuman's basic proposal-water basin institutions with centralized authority-might address some of these inequities. There are not only serious environmental justice issues that must be addressed by a water basin institution, but there are also special complications that would arise during the initial process of consolidating authority. Before that discussion proceeds, however, a brief history of the environmental justice movement is set forth for the benefit of readers who might not be familiar with this sociopolitical development. Following that introduction is a discussion of water-related environmental justice issues that a water basin institution might be expected to address.

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Washington, D.C.


Environmental Law Institute

Environmental Justice in a Dryland Democracy: A Comment on Water Basin Institutions



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