The interconnectivities of groundwater to food, energy, and the climate are addressed to various degrees at the state level. Groundwater governance in the United States is decentralized, resulting in considerable variations in state practices. This article, published in Jurimetrics and written by Sharon B. Megdal and Jacob Petersen-Perlman, reports on two state-level surveys and three regional case studies conducted to better understand groundwater governance strategies and practices. The article also relates the results of these research efforts to food, energy, and climate. The analysis points to the importance of identifying best practices for addressing nexus challenges for groundwater.
Citation: Sharon B. Megdal & Jacob D. Petersen-Perlman, Decentralized Groundwater Governance and Water Nexus Implications in the United States, 59 JURIMETRICS J. 99-119 (2018).