Agricultural Water Transfers in the Western United States

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Year Published: 2019
Month Published: January
Author: Richael Young & Nicholas Brozovic
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Irrigation for agricultural production represents the largest consumptive use of water in the western United States. Understanding the ways in which agricultural producers respond to physical and institutional water scarcity is therefore key to managing water risk. One of the important risk management tools available to agricultural producers is the ability to transfer water across space and time. Water transfers range from very informal handshake agreements between neighbors to very formal transfers of real property across large distances with mandatory state and federal reporting. Given the range of potential water transfer mechanisms, there are
significant knowledge gaps on the variety, scale, and scope of agricultural water transfers. The goal of this report is to improve understanding of the state of water transfers between agricultural producers in the American West. It is intended for a broad range of practitioners including water district managers and board members, commodity groups, individual agricultural producers, policymakers, researchers, and others interested in gaining insights into how the agricultural sector currently reallocates water, and challenges and opportunities for improving water reallocation.

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URL: https://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/-/media/projects/dwfi/documents/resources/2019-agricultural-water-transfers-report.pdf?la=en
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Water transfers, agricultural water, American West, water reallocation, Agricultural irrigation

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