chapter  3
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As we related in chapter 2, large-scale development of the natural resources superimposed on the existing tendency for people and industries to move to the Sunbelt will make major additional demands on the limited water supplies. This is true for all credible scenarios. Certainly, many fear that water scarcity will put a tight constraint on further development of the region's energy and other natural resources. In this and the following three chapters, we examine the question of how the development scenarios of the previous chapter can be influenced by the fact of water scarcity, what kinds of demands may be made on the region's water allocation institutions, and the central policy issues that emerge from additional water demands.