Overview

Water rights are a big deal for many reasons. In this lesson, students learn where water comes from, what water rights are, and how a variety of competing interests factor into managing water resources in Washington State.

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify key factors involved in Washington’s water resource management
  • Explain the basics of water rights and the prior appropriation doctrine
  • Analyze how competing interests affect water resources
  • Predict how impacts on a water source could affect competing interests

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