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Date Permissions Signed

5-13-2011

Date of Award

2011

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Singleton, Sara (Sara G.)

Second Advisor

Salazar, Debra J.

Third Advisor

Abel, Troy D.

Abstract

Properly managing river water is one of the most important common pool resource issues in the Western United States. Historically, laws regulating water in the West have been biased toward diverting water out of stream for human consumption at the cost of de-watering and degrading rivers across the West. Several states have recognized the importance of leaving water instream and have taken action to support that cause. This study provides an examination of the hybrid instream flow programs used in Colorado and Montana to preserve and restore the health of rivers in those states. Using a case study approach each program is evaluated in relation to five criteria including, permanence, number of instream flows, funding, monitoring and enforcement, and barriers to private participation. The results of this evaluation are analyzed in order to draw out the strengths and weaknesses of each program as well as determine their overall effectiveness in establishing instream flows. Based on this analysis, suggestions are offered concerning how to best design effective instream flow programs.

Type

Text

Publisher

Western Washington University

OCLC Number

729254095

Digital Format

application/pdf

Geographic Coverage

Colorado; Montana

Genre/Form

Academic theses

Language

English

Rights

Copying of this thesis in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this thesis for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author's written permission.

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