This paper summarizes the results of a systems approach to water development issues concerning the Platte River in Nebraska. This approach enabled the production of numerous tradeoff curves which show the implications of the different choices available to decision makers. The particular tradeoffs considered in this paper were those concerning project financing and the associated equity implications. It was found that there are major choices to be made regarding financing from current account versus debt capital. This basic financing choice has a major effect on inter temporal equity. The analysis also illustrated the interrelationships between financing and user group equity.