Effects of flow augmentations in the Snake River Basin on farms profitability.

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Year Published: 2008
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Author: Briand, G. ; Schuck, E. C. ; Holland, D. W.
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For over 10 years, several species of salmon have been identified as either threatened or endangered in the Snake River Basin of Idaho. The United States Bureau of Reclamation, in cooperation with the National Marine Fisheries Service, has proposed a variety of plans to increase stream flows in the Snake River Basin to facilitate movement by juvenile salmon smolts to the ocean. This research examines two of the flow augmentation plans proposed by the Bureau of Reclamation as well as two alternative plans, one founded purely on existing priority-based water rights and another geared toward minimizing the effects of flow augmentations on farms profitability. Results from a basin-wide model of agricultural production in the Snake River Basin, the Snake River Agricultural Model, present evidence that (1) older water rights are used towards production of less valuable crops, (2) flow augmentation scenarios have unequal effects on farms profitability across agricultural regions within the basin, and (3) irrigation water is valued from US$4 to US$59 an acre-foot.

Pages: 360 - 366
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Volume: 44
Number: 2
Journal: Journal of the American Water Resources Association
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ISSN: 1093-474X

cooperation, farms, fisheries, flow, irrigation, irrigationwater, profitability, reclamation, research, rivers, simulation, streamflow, streams, water allocation, water policy, water resources, waterrights, watersheds, Colorado, Idaho, USA, salmon, Mountain States ofUSA, Western States of USA, USA, North America, America, DevelopedCountries, OECD Countries, Salmonidae, Salmoniformes, Osteichthyes,fishes, vertebrates, Chordata, animals, aquatic organisms, aquaticanimals, eukaryotes, Great Plains States of USA, catchment areas,studies, United States of America, watering, Fisheries (MM110), SoilPhysics (JJ300), Soil Water Management (Irrigation and Drainage) (JJ800)(Revised June 2002) [formerly Soil Water Management], Plant Production(FF100), Supply, Demand and Prices (EE130), Erosion; Soil and WaterConservation (PP400), Aquatic Sciences (General) (MM000), WaterResources (PP200), Laws and Regulations (DD500), Natural ResourceEconomics (EE115) (New March 2000), Policy and Pl

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