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NAWAPA : A Continental Water Development Scheme for North America?

LORNA BARR
Geography
Vol. 60, No. 2 (April 1975), pp. 111-119
Published by: Geographical Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40568376
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

The past decade has witnessed an important change in the approach to water management in North America. While technological horizons have continued to expand and have made it possible to develop truly enormous river development schemes and to undertake interregional transfers on a mammoth scale, the traditional technological approach to water management has been subjected to increasing criticism. With the escalating costs of development and the increasing doubts raised concerning the environmental impacts of major schemes, the possibilities of achieving more efficient use of existing supplies are receiving greater attention. The reluctance of Canada to draw up agreements for water transfer to the United States may well have some major long-term benefits for the latter. Perhaps the most important of these is the need to reconsider the merits of transfer schemes versus the other alternatives.

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