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26 NR&E Winter 2010 Water, and the lack there of, define the Americca West. The development of the western United States is undeniably intertwined with and dependent upon the development of water. While the need for water is basic, water policy is complex. Western water is governed by independent-minded actors at the local, state, and federal levels; each actor can be highly resistant to interference by any other party. In the West, water is not simply any natural resource; it evokes fierce...