Natural Resources Research and Management:
"Water in the West: Investing in Management and Research for the 21st Century"
Saturday, 1/23, 9 a.m.
California agriculture uses 75% of the state's developed water resources, with increasing competition from urban and environmental sectors. In this panel, some key players in state and federal water policy-making outline new strategies for ensuring efficient water resource management in the next century.
Henry J. Vaux Jr., UC associate vice president for agriculture and natural resource programs and chair of the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council, has helped shape water policy in the West for decades. "Water allocation problems in the West are becoming increasingly complicated and difficult to solve," he says. "Our research agenda for water is highly fractionated, with the many state and federal agencies involved often unaware of what the others are doing." A staunch advocate for research into water resources management, he stresses the need for increased cooperation and collaboration among water resource agencies, with more active involvement from agricultural, urban and environmental concerns. Speaking with him is Ted Hullar, director of Cornell University's Center for the Environment, who is spearheading the National Water Initiative, a federal effort that would sponsor water resources research.
UC Davis agricultural economist Richard Howitt discusses privatization of water
supply and wastewater treatment services. "Increasingly, politically acceptable
strategies involve water reallocation rather than new dam development," he says.
"Market mechanisms, which haven't been used to allocate water, are particularly
good for this job." For example, he says, the price of water fluctuates widely
along California's Interstate 5 corridor -- while the price of gasoline is
relatively stable. Water marketing, already practiced in some Western
Contact: Jill Goetz
University of California - Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources