Shopping for water: How the market can mitigate water shortages in the American West

In October of 2014, the Hamilton Project and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment hosted a forum, New Directions for U.S. Water Policy, which brought together government and agency officials with policy experts to discuss the release of new papers highlighting opportunities from improving water management in the West. While California’s current drought is quite severe, it’s onset has […]

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Water Marketing, Groundwater Banking & Drought Management in California

The University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) has developed a series of webinars titled Insights: Water and Drought which feature timely, relevant expertise on water and drought from experts around the University of California system.  Ellen Hanak is an economist and water policy specialist with the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan research organization that works on […]

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Guest blogger: Worried about the drought? Let farmers buy and sell water

Today’s guest blogger is David Zetland of the Aguanomics blog, who wrote this exclusively for Maven’s Notebook: “California is gripped by yet another drought. Citizens are concerned, farmers are desperate and politicians are looking for quick fixes. The quickest fix is to allow water trading in markets. The drought has reduced supplies. In the past, we would take water from […]

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