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California: H2 Uh, Oh…

By Eleanor B. For the third consecutive year, California is experiencing a drought of historic levels, causing water shortages to supply residential communities and hardship for agriculture and other industries that rely on water to produce goods. Despite statewide conservation efforts employed throughout 2014, the impact of recently implemented water efficiency programs have barely changed […]

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Achieving Sustainable Water Use Through Appropriate Pricing

By Anonymous In keeping with the habit of consuming on borrowed funds, parts of America are waking up to water shortages after using more than was truly available. This overconsumption beyond the replacement rate must be discouraged with appropriate pricing to ensure long-term sustainable resource use. With only 2.5 percent of the world’s water being […]

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Global Water Shortages and Potential Solutions

By Nick Ling Around 70% of the surface of our planet is covered by water, but less than 1% of this water is fresh and can be used sustainably by humans. The “sustainable water” is not distributed equally around the globe and does not match the distribution of population across the globe (see Figure 1). […]

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California’s Peripheral Canal: Delivering More of Today’s Problems at a Higher Price?

By AV California’s “peripheral canal” project, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), calls for the construction of a tunnel system to collect water from the Sacramento River, bypassing the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, to deliver flows south while improving the delta’s environmental conditions through wetland restoration. The proposal would give water contractors south of the […]

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Water Markets in the Central Valley

By Anonymous It was quite frustrating to discuss such an inefficient allocation of resources as the water system in the Woolf Farming case. Pricing is opaque, farmers refrain from trading excess allocation and per-acre foot overhead costs exacerbate the price variance between shortages and excess. However, I was encouraged to learn about the Australian water […]

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What Can FDR Teach Us About Water Conservation?

By Alison Ernst During our class discussion on water last week, Professor Reinhardt drew an interesting analogy: perhaps current natural resource problems we face, such as water shortages and CO2 emissions, can be addressed the same way that the decreasing supply of U.S. forestland was addressed by President Roosevelt in the 1930s. The measures taken […]

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The Uninvestable Resource

By Anonymous For a couple of years prior to business school, I was the butt of numerous jokes at my investment firm for my obsession with the idea of investing in water. “You can’t make money in water,” my mentors would say, pointing to the low single digit returns of most water utilities, and abysmal […]

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Don’t Mess With Texas

By Pedro Noyola I grew up in a small town just outside of Austin, Texas. When my family and I moved to Pflugerville the population sign read, “Wilkommen, Population: 1,111.” Pflugerville is no longer a one stop light rural town on the way from Austin to Dallas. It, along with the rest of Texas, has […]

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