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Reports from World Bank Add New Data to Findings in Environmental Water Research (Challenge and response in the Colorado River Basin)

August 8, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Ecology, Environment & Conservation -- Data detailed on Environmental Water Research have been presented. According to news reporting originating in Brasilia, Brazil, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "The Colorado River Basin supplies water to roughly 40 million people in the south-western United States. A complex interstate regime that has evolved across the past century governs allocation and management of these coveted flows, and formidable challenges face this regime in contemporary times - a historical era aptly dubbed the 'era of limits."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from World Bank, "This paper illuminates these challenges and offers modest input regarding potential responses to them. We initially survey the evolution of the interstate water regime and outline its essential features as well as those of the basin. We then turn to the contemporary challenges and potential responses, which generally concern an unprecedented imbalance between water supplies and demands, long-standing disagreements over the meaning of the Colorado River Compact, water rights held by American Indian tribes on reservations throughout the basin, and ongoing biodiversity protection and salinity control efforts."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "We conclude by reflecting on lessons from and for the Colorado River Basin vis-a-vis the interstate water regimes existent in the other four basins encompassed within the Harvard Water Federalism Project."

For more information on this research see: Challenge and response in the Colorado River Basin. Water Policy, 2014;16():12-57. Water Policy can be contacted at: Iwa Publishing, Alliance House, 12 Caxton St, London SW1H0QS, England. (IWA Publishing -; Water Policy -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J. Robison, World Bank, Latin Amer & Caribbean Reg Environm Unit, Brasilia, DF, Brazil. Additional authors for this research include K. Bratrschovsky, J. Latcham, E. Morris, V. Palmer and A. Villanueva.

Keywords for this news article include: Brazil, Brasilia, South America, Environmental Water Research

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Source: Ecology, Environment & Conservation

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