Common Waters, Diverging Streams

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  • Copyright: 2004-07-30
  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE

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This book is a firsthand investigation into water management in a fast-growing region of the arid American West. It presents three states that have adopted the conjunctive management of groundwater and surface water to make resources go further in serving people and the environment. Yet conjunctive management has followed a different history, been practiced differently, and produced different outcomes in each state. The authors question why different results have emerged from neighbors trying to solve similar problems with the same policy reform. Common Waters, Diverging Streams makes several important contributions to policy literature and policymaking. The first book on conjunctive water management, it describes how the policy came into existence, how it is practiced, what it does and does not accomplish, and how institutional arrangements affect its application. A second contribution is the book's clear and persuasive links between institutions and policy outcomes. Scholars often declare that institutions matter, but few articles or books provide an explicit case study of how policy linkages work in actual practice. In contrast, Blomquist, Schlager, and Heikkila show how diverging courses in conjunctive water management can be explained by state laws and regulations, legal doctrines, the organizations governing and managing water supplies, and the division of authority between state and local government. Not only do these institutional structures make conjunctive management easier or harder to achieve, but they influence the kinds of problems people try to solve and the purposes for which they attempt conjunctive management.

Author Biography

William Blomouist is an associate professor of political science at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis Edella Schlager is an associate professor in the School of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Arizona Tanya Heikkila is an assistant professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Common Waters: Managing Surface Water and Groundwater Resources Together
Water Scarcity, Management, and Institutionsp. 3
The Promise of Conjunctive Water Managementp. 22
Opportunities and Obstacles for Conjunctive Managementp. 38
How Institutions Matter: Institutions and Conjunctive Management in California, Arizona, and Colorado
Californiap. 53
Arizonap. 74
Coloradop. 91
Institutions and Policy Change: Analysis and Recommendations
Tracing and Comparing Institutional Effectsp. 115
Future Directions of the Diverging Streamsp. 136
Shaping the Future: Institutional Changes to Improve Water Managementp. 154
The Three States: Why We Chose Them, and What We Didp. 167
Notesp. 173
Bibliographyp. 183
Indexp. 197
List of Tables
Water Withdrawals and Per Capita Use, 1990 and 1995p. 6
Population Change in the Three States, 1990-2000p. 18
Conjunctive Management Activities in a Sample of 70 California Groundwater Basins, by Regionp. 66
Characteristics of California Conjunctive Management Programsp. 68
California Conjunctive Management Projects, by Type and Water Usep. 69
Arizona Permit Holders, by Organization Type, 1997-1998p. 87
Arizona's Long-Term Storage Credits, by Organization Type, 1997p. 87
Comparison of Conjunctive Management Institutions, Purposes, and Organizationsp. 116
List of Figures
Representation of a Conjunctive-Use Operationp. 28
Conjunctive Water Management in Arizona's Active Management Areasp. 83
Arizona Conjunctive Management Overviewp. 120
California Conjunctive Management Overviewp. 123
Colorado Conjunctive Management Overviewp. 124
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