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Living with Water Scarcity

David Zetland just published Living with Water Scarcity.  Ed Dolan at Economonitors reviews the book…(the review is re-posted with permission of the author). Living with Water Scarcity: A Refreshing Take on a Hot-Button Issue by  Ed Dolan   (is an economist and educator with a Ph.D. from Yale University. Since 2001, he has taught at several universities […]

Local versus regional control…(what is the watershed area?)

by David Zetland  Local versus regional control In response to this: “The public sector is often better at handling inter-agency cooperation and the private sector is often better at delivering cost-effective, measured results. In either case, the local government plays the most important role as it needs to oversee and regulate all players. Poor regulation […]

These numbers don’t add up

by David Zetland, a series of posts highlighting major points over time. The paper must be downloaded to read.  Wageningen UR – Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group; PERC – Property and Environment Research CenterEconomists Owe Ecology an ApologyMarch 9, 2013 Part 2 Nature Bats Last Pare 3  These numbers don’t add up These numbers […]

What is a water manager?

David Zetland  at Aguanomics asks a very basic question about our perceptions of what constitutes management: Question of the week I’m thinking that “water manager” is not the right title for people who work at drinking water utilities, irrigation districts, and other water organizations. That’s because they are not really supposed to manage water supply […]

Your inefficient grandmother was onto something

This is the third post of  a series of posts highlighting parts of the paper by David Zetland Wageningen UR – Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group; PERC – Property and Environment Research Center Economists Owe Ecology an Apology March 9, 2013 Part 2 from the series Economists owe ecology an apology Part 3 below: […]

Nature bats last

David Zetland writes a well written nine page look at the limits of economics in at least the media and political level, and a look at the limits of what economic models have to offer most people. This will be a series of posts highlighting major points over time. The paper must be downloaded to […]

Derivatives, water and financial risk

David Zetland comments on future funding of ‘water’ risk management.  There are plenty of examples of misguided government interventions, as well as examples of private enterprise run amok.  Now a derivatives market? : The danger of flashing wrong signals Have you heard the stories of people who have driven through fields, into lakes or off […]

Water, energy and the economy

David Zetland writes more on pricing water in relation to energy concerns at Growing Blue: Water, energy and the economy …let’s set aside the issue of environmental water and concentrate on water as a resource that can be used for economic activities. Most resource water is managed, priced and distributed by local monopolies, whether it’s […]