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Overtapped Oasis analyzes the West's water allocation system from top to bottom and offers dozens of revolutionary proposals for increased efficiency and policy reform. Marc Reisner and Sarah Bates argue that the West's underlying problem is not a shortage of water but the inefficient use of it, a problem caused by a bewildering tangle of federal subsidy programs, restrictive state water codes, anachronistic irrigation practices and -- perhaps most important -- resistance to reform.
PART I. A Brief Look At Western Water History
PART II. Water And The Law: How The West's Most Valuable Resource Is Allocated, Used, And Wasted
PART III. A Modest Proposal: Modernizing Water Management In The West
Appendix B - Department Of The Interior Water Transfer Policy
Appendix C - Bureau Of Reclamation Directory