Improving groundwater allocation and use in the western USA
Water use arrangements in the western United States have their roots in systems that evolved when water was abundant. As a result, the management of water scarcity is proving to be difficult.
Building upon Australia’s water reform experience, this project seeks to assist water users to transition to the use of robust water sharing system. Work began with the development of a Blueprint for the Development of Robust Water Sharing Arrangements. This Blueprint is now being tested in the Diamond Valley in Nevada and, through a Roadmap, in several groundwater communities California.
By the end of 2018, we hope to be able to point to a number of communities who have decided to transition to a robust water sharing systems. Key insights include the importance of attending to the development of institutional arrangements that enable individual users to trade water.