In September, 1996, the Western Water Policy Review Advisory Commission contracted with ECONorthwest to study the major problems associated with the growing competition for scarce water and related resources in the Upper Rio Grande Basin, and to make recommendations for appropriate federal policies and actions for addressing the problems. This is our final report. The study covers the area from the headwaters, in Colorado, to Ft. Quitman, Texas (see map).
In this report we identify problems and make recommendations associated with the growing competition for scarce water and related resources in the Upper Rio Grande Basin. Our definition of problems has a specific meaning. A problem exists if the Basin's water and related resources are not used in the optimal manner that meets the three economic criteria described in the text. In identifying the problems we are not making any evaluation, positive or negative, of any individuals, laws, institutions, or activities, associated with the problems. Our recommendations apply solely to federal policies, agencies, and activities. We make no recommendations whatsoever regarding the Rio Grande Compact, state and local laws, the responsibilities and rights of resource owners, the substantive merits of disputants' claims to resources, or changes in specific resource uses.
Niemi, Ernie and McGuckin, Tom, "Water Management Study: Upper Rio Grande Basin. Final Report. Report to the Western Water Policy Review Advisory Commission" (1997). Federal Documents. 4.