Conflicts over water in the Upper Klamath Basin and the potential role for market-based allocations

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Year Published: 2004
Month Published: AUG
Author: Jaeger, WK
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Abstract:

The curtailment of irrigation on the Klamath Reclamation Project in 2001 is estimated to have cost farmers more than $35 million. This study examines how alternative water allocations among irrigators in the Upper Klamath Basin could have lowered those costs. Per acre marginal water values vary by a factor of 20 due primarily to variations in soil productivity, with the highest productivity lands concentrated in the federal Project. A linear programming model estimates costs for alternative allocations. Findings indicate that compared to the 2001 allocation, costs could be reduced by 75% with a market-based approach.

Pages: 167-184
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Volume: 29
Number: 2
Journal: JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS
Journal ISO: J. Agric. Resour. Econ.
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Publisher: WESTERN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS ASSOC
ISBN: NA
ISSN: 0162-1912
DOI: NA
Keywords:

endangered species; instream flow; irrigation; Klamath Basin; linear programming model; voluntary water transfer; water market; water supply reduction

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