Breaching the subject of water law in the West can be a dizzying navigation through complex histories, overlapping jurisdictions, elaborate computer models, dreaded inevitabilities, and age-old impossibilities. The myriad systems that govern Western water management are often widely misunderstood or even unknown by the vast populations that are significantly affected by their mechanisms. However, what everyone does know (or at least thinks they know) about water in the West is that there is not enough to go around and whatever share received is likely shrinking by the year.

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