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Water, in many cases, is a key factor in the development of energy resources in the western states. The total water supply available in the arid west is fixed; yet potential water uses in the region are growing continually. In fact, in many areas quantities of water desired to be put to beneficial use has already surpassed the limit of local supplies as indicated by filings for water rights. The availability of water, in adequate quantities and of suitable quality, is one of the essentials to the economic viability of some economic sectors in the states in the Colorado River Basin. Many existing water uses are already under economic pressure which could shift water to users who can afford to pay higher prices. With the entire region undergoing an energy boom, Duchesne and Uintah Counties, which are agriculture oriented, for example, may see water bought from agriculture for energy development.


Publication made available electronically April 30, 2012.