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Coordinated Management of Water Supplies to Maximize Usage—A State Perspective

Dallin W. Jensen, Water Acquisition for Mineral Development (1978)

Expanding and competing demands for water are placing a great deal of additional stress on state water resource management programs.1 It has been fashionable in recent years to point to the great quantities of water required for certain energy-related projects as being the cause for many of today's water management problems. However, this is only partly true. It is correct that a great deal of national attention is being centered on our western coal reserves, oil shale, tar sands deposits, and other mineral resources as a means of partially satisfying the energy needs of the Nation, and that the development of these mineral resources can require large quantities of water.2 But it is also true that the increased demand for water for mineral development and energy production comes at a time when claims are being asserted for a greater share of our water resources in behalf of Indians fish and wildlife, and recreation uses, as well as increasing requirements for such traditional uses as agricultural and municipal development. Thus it is certainly an oversimplification to suggest that mineral development and energy programs are solely responsible for placing the present strain on the existing water management framework. In a sense it is ironic that the increasing demands for water for agricultural, municipal, industrial, and other consumptive uses comes at a time when many States a