State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2010TX375G

Title: Institutional Mechanisms for Accessing Irrigation District Water

Project Type: Research

Start Date: 9/01/2010

End Date: 8/31/2012

Congressional District: 17

Focus Categories: Law, Institutions, and Policy, Economics, Water Supply

Keywords: irrigation districts, irrigation organizations, water marketing, water pricing, water policy

Principal Investigator: Griffin, Ron (Texas A&M University)

Federal Funds: $ 102,443

Non-Federal Matching Federal Funds: $ 102,724

Abstract: Given (1) large water holdings by irrigation districts, (2) rising scarcity in areas where districts operate, (3) the high costs and coming impracticality of water supply expansions, and (4) the unrealized potential for irrigation districts to contribute solutions to the scarcity problem, the research proposes to study policy alternatives. Instances where districts currently participate in reallocations are typically failing to provide least-cost water or to optimize irrigator welfare. Options for better enlisting aid from irrigation districts will be inventoried and characterized. Economic analysis will be performed with the guiding objective of identifying solutions that can succeed in being efficient as well as attractive to district clients. Methods of microeconomic modeling, econometric analysis, and institutional economics will be applied.

Progress/Completion Report, 2010, PDF
Progress/Completion Report, 2011, PDF

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