- Ron Griffin's "Origins and Ideals of Water Resource Economics" [pdf] has some interesting history of US water policy and the economic thoughts that underpinned -- or contradicted it. He describes how politicians continuously expanded subsidies to farmers (who paid 20% of cost), how the federal government crowded out entrepreneurs, the danger of dams that convert small 1-in-10 year floods into large 1-in-50 years floods, the abuse of benefit-cost analysis [often covered here], the problems with "third party" impacts, and the legal and institutional barriers to economic (good) policies. This statement justifies this blog:
Water economics will have to redouble its contributions, largely through repeated applications of existing tools.Read it.
- Some of Africa's poorest farmers have restored their environment and raised productivity by using natural features to gather water.
- The EPA is modifying the way it enforces clean water regulations, to make it easier for localities to address their specific challenges.
- Too much regulation plus christian activism plus free water equals lawsuits in Aridzona.
- Businesses are interested in sustainable water, but there are competing -- and sometimes misleading -- standards on local conditions and appropriate corporate responses.
H/Ts to DL and PW