Water Policy

October 23, 2014--Nebraska: Beacon Of Good Water Policy? (Water Online)

Is Nebraska a model for sensible water regulation? "With ongoing summer droughts in many states across the country, water scarcity continues to be a threat, [which is shifting] water regulation policies in some states to focus on more local management plans like Nebraska has," Nebraska News Service recently reported.


October 15, 2014--Time for a serious policy on water pricing (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Do you know the price of your monthly cell phone bill? I bet you do. How about your water bill? What’s the cost difference between taking a shower for 5 minutes or 30 minutes? Most Americans consume plenty of clean water without worrying much, if at all, about its price. Yet which is more valuable, water or a smartphone?


October 13, 2014--Groundwater rule brings wave of protest from Western governors, farm bureau (Deseret News)

A proposal by the U.S. Forest Service to consider groundwater impacts when it issues a special use permit has drawn the ire of Western governors and groups like the Utah Farm Bureau, who contend the agency is overstepping its regulatory authority.


September 17, 2014--Drought solutions overlook too many factors water policy expert warns (Virtual Strategy Magazine)

Much of the world, according to Neil Grigg, PhD, is experiencing a major extended drought crisis that in many regions affects economic growth, human health and basic survival. Grigg praises the many individuals who are dedicated to solving the crisis but warns that too many fresh water policy solutions overlook large portion of the problem.


June 18, 2014--Bad water policies (Aguanomics)

Here -- for your future reference -- are a few popular policies and their drawbacks: A national water strategy is usually inappropriate because it's at the wrong governance scale. The largest useful scale for governance is a watershed or catchment, which may cross national or political boundaries.


April 5, 2014--Building a resilient water portfolio (National Geographic)

While most water plans have a dominant component, dependence on a single strategy is risky. Climate change, population growth, and other 21st-century challenges can adversely impact regions with few water options. Rather, we should think in terms of a water portfolio.


February 23, 2014--Can California avoid a ‘shock to trance’ approach to water policy? (New York Times)

Forecasters predict heavy rains will sweep in from the Pacific Ocean over much of California late next week. The state’s extreme drought will be far from over, but the shift from parched days to downpours illustrates on a short time scale one factor explaining why it’s hard to change deeply ingrained and wasteful approaches to water policy.


February 5, 2014--Grass-roots water plan (Pueblo Chieftain)

Some Colorado lawmakers want the final say on how the state uses its limited water resources. Senate Bill 115 has been introduced and elected officials from both political parties have signed up as sponsors. The measure, if approved, would give the Colorado Legislature the authority to adopt a state water plan.


February 2, 2014--Lawmakers want last word in water policy (Pueblo Chieftain)

A bill, SB115, giving the state Legislature that authority was introduced this week and has sponsors from both parties in both houses. It also calls for public hearings at basin roundtables in order to provide more public input. “We think the state Legislature makes the laws,” said Sen.


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