Interjecting Economics into the Surface Water Dialogue
Vol. 10 No. 1 (2019). Cover Photo: Painted bunting at Madla Park, Grey Forest, Texas. ©2018 Grace Hardy.
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surface water regulations
surface water allocation
surface water tax

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Vaca, M., Richards, S., Davis, A., Jackson, K., Timur, N., Manzoor, F., Azam, S., Feltman, R., & Griffin, J. M. (2019). Interjecting Economics into the Surface Water Dialogue. Texas Water Journal, 10(1), 112–127. https://doi.org/10.21423/twj.v10i1.7062

Abstract

This paper applies the conceptual lens of economic efficiency as a criterion by which to evaluate surface water in Texas. We identify two major problems. First, Texas has a water allocation problem limiting the ability to substitute groundwater for surface water to move water between river basins and to facilitate transfers within a river basin. Second, surface water is both underpriced and unresponsive to drought conditions preventing it from being used at its highest and best use. We propose a variety of partial solutions, which include facilitating greater reliance on water markets as well as a water tax that would vary across regions and over time to encourage conservation.

Citation: Vaca M, Richards S, Davis A, Jackson K, Timur N, Manzoor F, Azam S, Feltman R, Griffin J. 2019. Interjecting economics into the surface water dialogue. Texas Water Journal. 10(1):112-127. Available from: https://doi.org/10.21423/twj.v10i1.7062.

https://doi.org/10.21423/twj.v10i1.7062
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