Washington Law Review


A major Columbia River water diversion is an option available to meet the future long-range water needs of the rapidly growing but arid Southwest. Without taking a position on the ultimate issue of diversion, Professor Johnson examines numerous precedents and current proposals for protecting the water rights of the area of origin. Since authority for determining whether and on what terms a diversion will take place rests with Congress, the political interests involved in a major diversion project are discussed and proposals are advanced for protecting areas of origin in light of past experience and political reality.

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