Public subsidies for water-conserving irrigation investments: hydrologic, agronomic, and economic assessment.

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Year Published: 2006
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Author: Scheierling, S. M. ; Young, R. A. ; Cardon, G. E.
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Public subsidies for promoting the adoption of water-conserving on-farm irrigation technologies are frequently cited as means for making additional water available for higher-valued uses in the water-scarce western United States. On the basis of an agroeconomic model reflecting conditions in northeastern Colorado, hypothetical conservation subsidy policies are analysed with regard to their effects on hydrologic and agronomic factors such as irrigation water delivery, consumptive use, and return flows, as well as on economic factors including crop mix, input use, irrigation technology choice, and agricultural net returns to water. The cost-effectiveness of different subsidy arrangements for generating delivery reductions is also assessed, and implications for their implementation are derived. In contrast to assumptions underlying federal policies, the results confirm and extend earlier academic findings that subsidy policies are unlikely to provide real water conservation under many frequently encountered river basin conditions.

Pages: W03428
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Volume: 42
Number: 3
Journal: Water Resources Research
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ISSN: 0043-1397

agricultural economics, crop mixtures, economic analysis,government policy, hydrological factors, hydrology, investment,irrigation, models, return flow, returns, subsidies, water conservation,water distribution, water management, water policy, water use, Colorado,USA, Mountain States of USA, Western States of USA, USA, North America,America, Developed Countries, OECD Countries, Great Plains States ofUSA, cost effectiveness analysis, Natural Resource Economics (EE115)(New March 2000), Policy and Planning (EE120), Plant Cropping Systems(FF150), Soil Water Management (Irrigation and Drainage) (JJ800)(Revised June 2002) [formerly Soil Water Management], Water Resources(PP200), Mathematics and Statistics (ZZ100)

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