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While water is a limited natural resource, its use appears unlimited. Beyond its use for agriculture, water, and the snow that produces much of it, are also used by:
  • Reservoir operators - To adjust water releases to minimize the effects of flooding or conserve water during a drought.
[image of flooded area]  [image of BPA]
  • Utility managers - To plan for power generation.
  • City planners - To manage urban growth.
  • Biologists - To manage fish and wildlife based on potential impacts of weather and water supplies.
[fish swim upstream] [picture of rafting group in a raft]
  • Recreationists - To plan outdoor activities like rafting, skiing, fishing and other back-country uses.
  • Etc., Etc., Etc.