Holly Fretwell, Kristen Byrne
WATCH: Trout Unlimited helps agricultural producers leave water instream to enhance fish habitat.
In a new video from ReasonTV, Reed Watson explains how government created an artificial shortage of our most essential resource.
Nature causes drought but water shortages are manmade. John Stossel interviews water economist and PERC alum Zack Donohew.
Changes in the environment, population, and industry have created water scarcity in some areas. Terry L. Anderson the President of The Property and Environment Research Center and Gretchen W. McClain the CEO of Xylem discuss how society can meet these water challenges.
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.
With abundant rainfall, the southeastern United States has rarely experienced conflicts over the allocation of water. But that is changing. As population grows, the demand for water grows, and when periodic drought occurs, disputes can result.
Terry Anderson, Brandon Scarborough, Reed Watson
Authors Reed Watson and Brandon Scarborough briefly describe and give examples of how water markets can not only provide water where it is needed most, but avoid the acrimony of past water disputes.
Lea-Rachel Kosnik, Roger Meiners
"Restoring Harmony in the Klamath Basin" explains how this conflict developed and offers a solution—markets in water. Written by Roger Meiners and Lea-Rachel Kosnik, this paper persuasively argues that clarification of property rights to water is fundamental to ending the crisis.