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AuthorTeclaff, Ludwik A. author
TitleThe River Basin in History and Law [electronic resource] / by Ludwik A. Teclaff
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1967
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Descript 228 p. 1 illus. online resource


Fresh water is one of man's most vital needs. The distribution of water within river basins has a direct bearing on the organization of water resources development to meet this ever-expanding need. River basins, despite their very great diversity in other respects, have one physical characteristic in common: each is a more or less self-contained unit within whose bounds all the surface and part or all of the ground waters form an interconnected, interdependent system. This interยญ dependence has such far-reaching implications - for pollution and flood control, apportionment of supply, relations between upstream and downstream riparians, to mention only a few examples - that the river basin has become almost universally accepted (within the past 20 or 30 years at least) as the unit of optimal water resources deยญ velopment. Professor Teclaff's work (which was originally submitted to the New York University School of Law as a doctoral dissertation) is the first fully developed response to the important resolution passed by the International Law Association at its New York meeting in I958 recognizing the legal nature of the international river basin. His study quite properly, therefore, poses the question whether the adoption of the river basin unit is a temporary phenomenon, reflecting the current stage of technology and of administrative, economic, and legal thought on water resources development, or whether the deยญ terminative influence of the river basin's physical unity which has always operated in the past will continue to operate in the future


I. Introduction -- II. The Physical Unity of the River Basin -- III. The River Basin as the Basis of Water Control for Agriculture in Antiquity -- IV. Navigation and the Basin -- A. The influence of waterways on the political unification of river basins -- B. The politically divided basin โ{128}{148} a unit for navigation -- C. Influence of waterways on the commercial unification of river basins -- D. Inter-basin links and basin unity -- V. Non-Navigational Uses and the Application of Water Law to the Basin -- A. Medieval background -- B. Eighteenth-century England -- C. Growth of modern industrialization and water use -- D. Changes in water law since the Industrial Revolution -- E. Effect of increased water use on politically divided river basins -- VI. Multipurpose Uses and Basin-Wide Development -- A. The river basin as a unit of national planning and administration -- B. The international river basin -- C. Other areas as units for the development of water resources -- VII. Bringing the Legal Unity of the River Basin Into Focus -- Index of rivers and river basins -- General index

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