Adapting Water Law to Public Necessity: Reframing Climate Change Adaptation as Emergency Response and Preparedness

The article argues that viewing climate change impacts on water supply as an ongoing emergency could provide a more productive framework for initiating and implementing adaptation strategies. Classifying climate change’s impacts on water supply as a real crisis allows adaptation planning to become a form of emergency preparedness, and could provide needed flexibility both legally and politically. An analysis of property rights barriers in the context of implementing adaptation strategies to help with the water supply crisis is provided. The doctrine of public necessity is also discussed.



Publication Date: September 17, 2010

Related Organizations:

  • Vermont Journal of Environmental Law
  • Florida State University College of Law


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  • Legal Analysis


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