The purpose of this article is to describe the legal problems behind minimum streamflows and to determine whether a legislative solution exists. In so doing, this article examines how two states—Idaho and Colorado—have approached the problem.

I. Introduction

II. The Legal Means of Establishing Minimum Streamflows … A. Problems with Existing State Law … 1. Beneficial Use … 2. Actual Diversion … B. Legislative Alternatives within the Constitutional Framework … 1. The Idaho Approach … 2. The Colorado Approach … 3. Possible Approaches for Nebraska

III. The Administration of Minimum Streamflow Laws

IV. Conclusion