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Water War in the Klamath Basin: Macho Law, Combat Biology, and Dirty Politics

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In the drought summer of 2001, a simmering conflict between agricultural and environmental interests in southern Oregon’s Upper Klamath Basin turned into a guerrilla war of protests, vandalism, and apocalyptic rhetoric when the federal Bureau of Reclamation shut down the headgates of the Klamath Project to conserve water needed by endangered species. This was the first time in U.S. history that the headgates of a federal irrigation project were closed (and irrigators denied the use of their state water rights) in favor of conservation. Farmers mounted a brief rebellion to keep the water flowing, but ultimately conceded defeat.

In Water War in the Klamath Basin, legal scholars Holly Doremus and A. Dan Tarlock examine the genesis of the crisis and its fallout, offering a comprehensive review of the event, the history leading up to it, and the lessons it holds for anyone seeking to understand conflicts over water use in the arid West. The authors focus primarily on the legal institutions that contributed to the conflict, what they call “the accretion of unintegrated resource management and environmental laws” that make environmental protection so challenging, especially in politically divided regions with a long-standing history of entitlement-based resource allocation. Water War in the Klamath Basin explores common elements fundamental to natural resource conflicts that must be overcome if conflicts are to be resolved. It is a fascinating look at a topic of importance for anyone concerned with the management, use, and conservation of increasingly limited natural resources.

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Water War in the Klamath Basin highlights and explores the common elements that are fundamental to natural resource conflicts and that must be overcome if conflicts are to be resolved. It is a fascinating and wide-ranging look at a topic of great importance for anyone concerned with the management, use, and conservation of increasingly limited natural resources.

About the Author

Holly Doremus is professor of law at the University of California, Davis. She has written extensively about biodiversity protection and the intersection of environmental law and natural science.

A. Dan Tarlock is Distinguished Professor of Law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He was principal writer of the Report of the Western Water Policy Review Advisory Committee, Water in the West: Challenge for the Next Century.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Abbreviations

Preface

 

Chapter 1. A Water Crisis Exposes Political Fault Lines

Chapter 2. A Remote, Upside-Down Watershed

Chapter 3. Reclamation Comes to the Klamath

Chapter 4. Those at the Margins: Indians and Wildlife

Chapter 5. Bringing Marginal Interests toward the Center

Chapter 6. Water Wars Become Science Wars

Chapter 7. Searching for Solutions

Chapter 8. When Is a Train Wreck a Good Thing?

 

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781597263948
Subtitle:
Macho Law, Combat Biology, and Dirty Politics
Publisher:
Island Press
Author:
Tarlock, A. Dan
Author:
Doremus, Holly D.
Subject:
Environmental
Subject:
Water resources development
Subject:
Freshwater ecology
Subject:
Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
Subject:
Klamath Basin (Or.) - Water rights
Subject:
Law-Legal Guides and Reference
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
April 2008
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Business » Business Law
History and Social Science » Geography » General
History and Social Science » Geography » Water and Hydrology
History and Social Science » Law » Legal Guides and Reference
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Irrigation
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General

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Water War in the Klamath Basin highlights and explores the common elements that are fundamental to natural resource conflicts and that must be overcome if conflicts are to be resolved. It is a fascinating and wide-ranging look at a topic of great importance for anyone concerned with the management, use, and conservation of increasingly limited natural resources.

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