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Why is the Northwest Water Law & Policy Project providing these documents?

The Northwest Water Law & Policy Project is providing these documents online as a resource, and to further extend their usefulness. An online distribution also provides an effective means of conserving resources that would otherwise be spent in printing and maintaining an inventory.


Are these documents the same as the published versions?

The Northwest Water Law & Policy Project strives to make the online versions of these document equivalent to the published versions released from the office of the Water Project. However, due to technical problems in converting the files to a PDF format, the online version may differ slightly in format from the published version. When the online and published versions differ in format, the online version will contain a disclaimer. If the online version differs, the Water Project suggests that you cite explictly to the electronic version to avoid confusion to a reader seeking to match the cite on a published version of the paper.


Are these publications in the public domain?

No, the available documents are not public domain. Although the Northwest Water Law & Policy Project is making these documents available online to extend their usefulness, the copyright remains with the original author or the Northwest Water Law & Policy Project. Any copying or copyright questions should be directed to


Why do I have to fill out a form to download a publication?

To help us maintain statistics on the use of these publications, we request that you provide your name, email address and organization, before we return the document that you requested.


What does the Northwest Water Law & Policy Project do with the information from the forms?

The information from the forms is used for tracking purposes, and is not provided to anyone outside of Northwest Water Law & Policy Project. If you need more detailed information, our Privacy Policy is available online.


What is a PDF file?

Adobe PDF is a universal file format that preserves all of the fonts, formatting, colors, and graphics of any source document, regardless of the application and platform used to create it. PDF files are compact and can be shared, viewed, navigated, and printed exactly as intended by anyone with a free Adobe Acrobat® Reader


What is Acrobat?

Adobe® Acrobat® Reader is free, and freely distributable, software that lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files on all major computer platforms, as well as fill in and submit PDF forms online.


How much does Acrobat cost?

Adobe Acrobat is available in several configurations at different prices. The Acrobat reader, which is all that is required to view the documents that the Water & Law Project is providing, is available from Adobe's website for free.


Where do I get Acrobat?

Adobe Acrobat is available from Adobe's website for free.


Who should I contact if I have questions, compliments, or concerns?

Should you have any questions, compliments or concerns about the Northwest Water Law & Policy Project website, or any of the documents available here, please send us an email at, or call us at 503-768-6761.