Sustainable water management is one of the most challenging issues of our time, especially in the arid western US. Maximizing the benefits of water supplies requires careful measurement of availability and use. However, one important information gap is compounding this challenge: the lack of consistent consumptive water use data for irrigated agriculture, which accounts for the majority of water use in the western US. To date, access to this data has been limited and expensive, keeping it out of the hands of most water users and decision-makers who could benefit from its use.
The Cornerstones Report: Market-based Responses to Arizona's Water Sustainability Challenges
Amy McCoy, Senior Associate, Ecosystem Economics
The Cornerstones Report identifies the foundational elements that are required to develop and apply market-based options to sustain the freshwater environment and the water users who depend on it. Through an examination of these elements, the authors find that the barriers to market-based reallocation—namely the absence of sustainable limits on freshwater use, the lack of tradable water rights, and limited institutional capacity for measurement and enforcement—also hinder water sustainability efforts more broadly. Options for addressing these barriers are most effectively pursued at a local level in concert with state and federal agencies within the unique institutional, ecohydrological, and economic conditions of Arizona’s water geographies.
Brown Bag Webinar: OpenET – Filling One of the Biggest Data Gaps in Water Management
The International Arid Lands Consortium Virtual Conference
To commemorate 30 years of collaboration on arid lands issues, the International Arid Lands Consortium (IALC) is hosting a three-day international conference on arid lands. A key goal of the conference is to underscore the value of the IALC mission