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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Colorado River

George (Rock) Pring, Ryan Moehring

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 16 December 2019

Subject(s):
Endangered species — Rivers — Climate change — Water — Jurisdiction of states, territoriality principle — Jurisdiction of states, conflicts

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The regulation of the Colorado River has created one of the most complex systems of national and international water law for any international watercourse in the world (International Watercourses). In less than a century, the physical infrastructure has been put in place to tame its violent and unpredictable flows and make it the primary water supply for 25,000,000 people and over 16,000 km2 of agriculture in seven US states and two Mexican states. The legal regulation to achieve this ‘Law of the River’, as it is called, is now codified in a complex of...
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