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An analysis of water resource conflict and cooperation in Oregon between 1990 and 2004

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dc.contributor.advisor Jones, Julia
dc.creator Fesler, Kristel J.
dc.date.accessioned 2007-06-28T20:32:13Z
dc.date.available 2007-06-28T20:32:13Z
dc.date.copyright 2007-03-09
dc.date.issued 2007-06-28T20:32:13Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/5700
dc.description Graduation date: 2008
dc.description.abstract This research provides details of water resource conflict and cooperation in Oregon between 1990 and 2004 by using an event database methodology. Events were concentrated in four of 18 basins. No basin accounted for more that 25% of the total water rights events, the most evenly distributed issue type. Overall more events were cooperative and very few were of high intensity. High intensity conflict covered one issue type- instream, while cooperative covered five supporting results seen at international scale. The occurrence of water quality events increases as the scale decreases. Spatial and temporal analysis indicate that surface water supply correlates to overall conflict and cooperation levels better than population density, consumptive use and water quality. However, major conflictive outbreaks or cooperative breakthroughs are correlated to institutional changes in the social system (cooperation in 1991, 1999, and 2004; conflict in 1991, 2001, and 2004), acting as either an instigator or resolution of resource conflict. Water resource conflict was shown to intensify over time, and major conflictive events tend to lead to major cooperative events. Additionally, this process is unique to conflict; cooperative processes are not easily undermined by a conflictive action. Finally, policy recommendations are presented to increase water resource manager’s ability to foster dispute resolution and to engage key stakeholders. Implementation of these techniques should provide water resource managers with the necessary tools to manage conflict, not make it disappear entirely. en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject Water resources en
dc.subject Conflict en
dc.subject Oregon en
dc.subject cooperation en
dc.subject.lcsh Water rights -- Oregon -- Management en
dc.subject.lcsh Water-supply -- Oregon -- Management en
dc.subject.lcsh Water consumption -- Oregon -- Management en
dc.title An analysis of water resource conflict and cooperation in Oregon between 1990 and 2004 en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.degree.name Master of Science (M.S.) in Geography en
dc.degree.level Master's en
dc.degree.discipline Science en
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en
dc.contributor.committeemember Wolf, Aaron

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