Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date



Summer Conference (6th: 1985: Boulder, Colo.)


140 pages (includes illustrations and maps).

Contains bibliography.


The prior appropriation doctrine has governed the allocation and use of water in the western United States since the 1850s. The shifting nature of water demand is bringing about changes in the traditional legal system. This conference will consider the fundamental principles of the prior appropriation doctrine together with the important new developments in the law now underway throughout the West.