Innovations in Managing Western Water: New Approaches for Balancing Environmental, Social and Economic Outcomes (Martz Summer Conference, June 11-12)
Martz Summer Conference (7th: 2015: Boulder, Colo.)
Presenter: Professor Bonnie Colby, Departments of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona
Colby, Bonnie, "SLIDES: New Era of Water Banking and Refined "Water Accounting"" (2015). Innovations in Managing Western Water: New Approaches for Balancing Environmental, Social and Economic Outcomes (Martz Summer Conference, June 11-12).
The Cutting Edge in Western Alternative Water Transfers
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Many aspects of western water allocation and management are the product of independent and uncoordinated actions, several occurring a century or more ago. However, in this modern era of water scarcity, it is increasingly acknowledged that more coordinated and deliberate decision-making is necessary for effectively balancing environmental, social, and economic objectives. In recent years, a variety of forums, processes, and tools have emerged to better manage the connections between regions, sectors, and publics linked by shared water systems. In this event, we explore the cutting edge efforts, the latest points of contention, and the opportunities for further progress.
Session 2: New Supplies, Reduced Demands, and Reallocation: Reconciling Competing Visions for the Future. Historically, water planning was little more than the identification of new supply projects,sometimes individually, and sometimes as part of larger, basin schemes. This is still an important element of the water planning dialogue. However, just as frequently today, the planning emphasis is focused on demand management or water reallocation (transfers). Each approach raises its own challenges in balancing objectives, managing participation, and implementing decisions.