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Water allocation under stress: Institutional comparison of the Snake and Klamath Rivers

Slaughter, R. (In review). Water allocation under stress: Institutional comparison of the Snake and Klamath Rivers. Submitted to the Journal of American Water Resources Association.


A key question in climate change research is the extent to which socioeconomic systems may be either resistant to climate change or able to adapt to its effects. Institutional development on the Snake and Klamath Rivers in Idaho and Oregon is examined in the context of stresses placed on water allocation and management by drought, growth, and social policy change. Of key concern is the ability of existing institutions to re-allocate water between users and uses under stress. The case studies are then used in a theoretical examination of elements required for a successful water marketing or re-allocation structure.