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Water Projects Writ Large

Volume 7 Number 5 September/October 2008

The 1902 Reclamation Act set the stage for western development by facilitating the construction of large water transfer projects. The Central Valley Project, Colorado-Big Thompson Project, Colorado River Aqueduct, and many others moved water into the deserts and cities far from its original basins in the subsequent decades. The projects generally have performed as designed and will likely continue to do so in the future. But changing climate, environmental values, and demographics can present serious challenges to their operations, as the feature articles describe.

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