Prior Appropriation is a Cap-and-Trade System

I didn’t set out to do this when I started this blog, or when I started my research into the future of water and society in the American West, but I seem to have brought upon myself a debate with the field of water economics. Water economists like market-derived solutions to our water problems, a…

The Problem with Water Markets

The historic drought in California has brought much welcome attention to the problems of water allocation in the American West. I can’t even count the number of articles explaining the “wasteful” water use by California’s almond and alfalfa farmers, or the ones laying out a better way forward. Two days ago, an international affairs fellow…

ATTENTION: Account Past Due

Important Information About Your Account, Please Open Immediately We’ve built a wonderful existence for ourselves in the desert Southwest. We’ve built Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix in a place that scattered the Ancestral Puebloans and left the ruins of the Hohokam in plain sight of the aqueducts of Central Arizona. We’ve built this on,…