Economic Research Institute Study paper
Utah State University
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water availability and use has a history of conflict in the arid West, and the large-scale development of the energy resources in the Upper Colorado River Basin and the Great Basin can be expected to add to the competition for water. In addition, air and water quality have also become major parameters in the allocation decisions. It is not clear whether energy development will have a detrimental or beneficial effect on water quality in the region, at least with respect to salinity which is the currently acknowledged major qu al ity problem in the Colorado River System. The institutions and circumstances under which energy development takes place are critical with respect to water quality. Several recent research projects at Utah State Universi ty have been focused on both the quantity and quality constraints on water use in Utah. The results are the bases for this paper.
Keith, John E. and Narayanan, Rangesan, "Water Use Tradeoffs Between Energy and Agriculture" (1979). Economic Research Institute Study Papers. Paper 386.