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Contemplating limited water in river basin

Water Rights Program

The National Park Service (NPS) seeks to protect and conserve surface waters and groundwaters in park units as integral components of water and land ecosystems. The Water Rights Program and Branch (WRB) in the Water Resources Division was established in 1985 and provides staff expertise and resources to effectively address water-quantity and water-right issues for NPS units throughout the United States. The program secures and protects water rights, flows, and lake and groundwaterlevels for the preservation and management of the national park system through all available local, state, and federal authorities.


Water Rights Program Brief

Last Updated: June 21, 2013