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Public Rights in Water: Treatises

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Government Documents

Many documents prepared by government agencies are not law, but can be powerfully persuasive.  A Google search for:

"public trust doctrine"

intitle:"asian carp"

intitle:"public access to beaches"

"national security" "water rights"

turned up these items:

NOAA Coastal Services Center - Public Trust Doctrine:

USDA, National Agricultural Library, Invasive Species: Aquatic Species: Asian Carp

U.S. Department of Justice, Reserved Water Rights and the Supreme Court (includes mention of national defense/national security water rights).

OHCHR study on human rights obligations related to equitable access to safe drinking water and sanitation (with links to relevant documents)

Asian Carp, Hearing before the Subcommittee on Water and Power of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, second session, to examine the science and policy behind the federal framework and nonfederal efforts to prevent introduction of the aquatic invasive Asian carp into the Great Lakes, February 25, 2010.

Florida House of Representatives, Staff Analysis, CS/HB 527 - Public Access to Beaches (2009, died in committee).


Indexmaster is a searchable collection of indices and tables of content from thousands of legal treatises. Available via wireless and wired connections located within the College of Law building complex.

This entry, from Powell on Real Property, published by Matthew Bender, is available in LexisNexis.

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Carp -- Control -- Great Lakes (North America)

Climatic changes


Fishery law and legislation

Introduced fishes -- Control -- Great Lakes (North America)

Nonindigenous pests -- Control -- Great Lakes (North America)

Indians of North America -- West (U.S.) -- Claims

Public use -- United States

Public servitudes -- United States

Right to water

Water rights -- West (U.S.)


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