The potential impacts of energy development on water resources in the yampa river basin

Thomas Maddock, N. C. Matalas, Thomas Maddock, Myron B. Fiering, Timothy Doak Steele

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Efforts to formulate a national energy policy have focused considerable attention on coal development. The coal resources in the western states are substantial and offer the potential for making an important contribution to energy self-sufficiency. To what extent this potential can be realized depends in part on the available water resources for sup­ porting a coal-based industry. On an aggregate scale, the nation’s water resources could support very large-scale exploitation of coal. But on a more local scale where coal mining and conversion would actually be located, water-related problems might arise. This might well be the case in those locales where there would be conflicting water interests such as water for energy versus water for agriculture. Also, fish and wildlife constitute a resource whose exploitation or preservation may pose addition­ al conflicting demands on the uses of water.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnergy Development in the Southwest
Subtitle of host publicationProblems of Water, Fish, and Wildlife in the Upper Colorado River Basin
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages64
ISBN (Electronic)9781317331162
ISBN (Print)0801824958, 9781138998896
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science


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