The issue of grazing on public lands has been a controversial one going back even before the passing of the Taylor Grazing Act. There are many good arguments in favor of it, including strengthening economies through stabilizing and promoting the beef industry. There are also many drawbacks, particularly the environmental damage that grazing – and overgrazing – can cause to the local ecosystems. For any policy to work, both the negative and positive impacts of grazing on public lands will have to be considered and worked into a feasible plan of action. This paper outlines arguments for and against the grazing of livestock on public lands and talks a little about public policy in the future of this controversial topic.
The Colorado River Compact was an agreement made in the 1920s that governed the use of the water rights along the river. The agreement included seven states in the United States of America, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming were the upper quadrant of the division- and California, Nevada and Arizona were in the southern portion of the division.