Georgia and Florida have taken their long-standing fight over water to the U.S. Supreme Court. Defining clear, enforceable, and transferable water rights could help ensure that water is allocated to productive uses and finally put an end to this water war.
It is time to return to Montana’s roots by honoring private property rights — and, indeed, by celebrating them.
Terry Anderson and Henry Miller explain why taxing California’s organic agricultural production would enable us to get more "crop for the the drop."
Allowing price to ration water may be a bitter political pill to swallow, but it makes economic and environmental sense. Writing at The Conversation, Randy Simmons lends insight into California's water crisis.
In the Wall Street Journal, Gary Libecap and Robert Glennon discuss the West's outdated water laws. A policy overhaul, they argue, would allow efficient water markets and reward conservation.
Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. No doubt, the billions spent on the act have improved overall water quality.
Water rights have evolved in recent years as parties express desires to sell, lease, or give water for environmental or recreational purposes.
In the early twentieth century, L.A. purchased water rights by buying up farmland and conveying the water back to L.A. These purchases created a legacy of distrust and suspicion, as people began to view the trades as theft. Gary Libecap takes a second look at the L.A.-Owens Valley transfers.