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Posted: Feb 8, 2012

Basic knowledge of natural resources law, regulation and policy is essential for effective advocacy and participation. In these pages,“Key Concepts” and “Process Essentials” address the major natural resource and environmental laws and regulations, outlining the provisions most likely of interest to Clearinghouse constituents. Additional links to full-text laws, regulations, court cases and agency guidance, as well as stand-alone reports and news articles, add depth to these bare-bones descriptions.

Wyoming Water Law

Posted: Oct 15, 2010

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Washington Water Law

Posted: Oct 15, 2010

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Utah Water Law

Posted: Oct 15, 2010

Utah is the second driest state in the United States, receiving an average of less than twelve inches of precipitation a year.  This average belies the geographic diversity of Utah, as precipitation varies between less than five inches a year in the Great Salt Lake Desert and up to sixty inches in some areas of the Wasatch mountains.  

Oregon Water Law

Posted: Oct 15, 2010

Oregon is often thought of as a land of lush vegetation, mountain streams, and the heart of the Pacific temperate rain forest. Indeed, the coastal and western region of the state averages from 40 to 140 inches of rain a year, but this is only part of the reality of Oregon’s precipitation.  The eastern, high-elevation grassland region is much drier, with only about 10 to 20 inches of annual rainfall.  Averaging together these two disparate regions, Oregon’s total average rainfall is about 28 inches a year; roughly equal to Texas.

Nevada Water Law

Posted: Oct 15, 2010

Nicknamed the "Sagebrush State", Nevada is the driest state in the United States, averaging only nine and a half inches of rain a year. This average includes the Las Vegas Valley which only receives three to four inches a year, as well as the mountains in the northern and western portions of the state which average over 40 inches of rain and 300 inches of snow yearly.  The primary use for water in Nevada is for irrigation and livestock, which accounted for 83.2% of water used in 1990.

New Mexico Water Law

Posted: Oct 15, 2010

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Nebraska Water Law

Posted: Oct 15, 2010

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Montana Water Law

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Idaho Water Law

Posted: Oct 15, 2010

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