Water Transfers in the West


Cities, industry, environmentalists and other water users are turning to voluntary, market-based water transfers as new demands stretch the West's limited water resources. The Western Governors passed a policy in 2011 recognizing the potential benefits of water transfers as well as concerns about the impacts of shifting water uses on rural communities.

This report from 2012 identifies leading practices for transferring water and highlights successful case studies from around the West. Water Transfers in the West helps states and practitioners share tools and identify the specific steps that states can consider in order to improve water transfer outcomes for agriculture, urban needs, and the environment.

Read and download the Report


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