|Author:||Cortese, C. F.|
|Book Group Author:||NA|
Water in the arid and semi-arid Western United States has always been a source of human conflict. Increasingly, water development in this region is dominated by transfers of water from rural areas to growing urban centers. This case study provides an example of the kinds of threats posed to rural communities by rapid urban population growth in the West. Reviewing alternative plans for a water exchange, the author used multiple methods, including focus group interviews and a telephone survey, to identify, qualitatively and quantitatively, the salient social, economic, and environmental issues voiced by a wide variety of rural and urban interest groups. Findings indicate that categories of conflicts over the uses of this particular Western river include threats to valued environmental and community resources, the preferred and cherished social environment, the economic base, and the secure future of rural communities. Together they constitute a set of community values for water.
|Pages:||1 - 18|
|Journal:||Society & Natural Resources|
case studies, conflict, constraints, economic impact,environmental impact, rivers, rural areas, rural communities, socialimpact, urbanization, water allocation, water resources, water transfer,water use, USA, North America, America, Developed Countries, OECDCountries, environmental effects, United States of America, NaturalResource Economics (EE115) (New March 2000), Water Resources (PP200),Community Participation and Development (UU450) (New March 2000), SocialPsychology and Social Anthropology (UU485) (New March 2000), RuralSociology (UU800) (New March 2000), Conflict (UU495) (New March 2000)