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Water: Managing a vital resource

A report that compares and contrasts the development of US and UK water rights and the growing demands for “environmental” water.

Year of Publication2007

The report compares and contrasts the development of US and UK water rights and the growing demands for “environmental” water. Many US States had developed, or are currently developing, State Water Plans in order to manage their water resources effectively and meet environmental, municipal, energy, amenity and food production needs. The introduction of water quantity trading “water markets” in the US has had a profound effect and will play a huge part in driving future US agricultural policy.The study has identified a range of measures that could be implemented within UK water policy that are cost effective, provide new revenue streams for capital projects and will potentially reduce the cost of water at the point of consumption. It has also placed this UK theme within the wider context of how water quality and the quantities available will limit our potential to produce food at a local, regional and global level.

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Developing leadership in farming and rural industries and committed to the development of every aspect of rural land use

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