Readings from the PRI Water Conference

On June 22 in the California State Capital, PRI gathered experts from the Water Foundation, the Public Policy Institute of California, the Association of California Water Agencies, the Environmental Defense Fund, and other organizations to discuss the benefits of a California water market and to highlight the legislative solutions needed to implement a truly functional water market. Water managers and scientists increasingly see the benefit a free market will have on their supplies, towns, farms, and environment.

In this ebook, PRI has compiled a sampling of these voices. The authors of these studies include experts in their fields and the most knowledgeable voices on water policy in the nation. As the California drought continues, we hope policymakers review this research and, with this in mind, establish policies that apply free market principles – in this case, a fully functional water market – to help address California’s most urgent needs.

Selected Readings in Water Market Policy


Kerry Jackson
PRI Fellow, Center for California Reform

ally Pipes
PRI President and CEO

Water Markets in California, the US, and Around the World

Public Policy Institute of California
Just the Facts: California’s Water Market
March 2016
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Public Policy Institute of California
California’s Water Market, By the Numbers
November 2012
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Western Governors’ Association and Western States Water Council
Water Transfers in the West
December 2012
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Water Markets and the Environment

Stanford University
Environmental Water Rights Transfers: A Review of State Laws
August 2015
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Water Markets and Agriculture

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Lessons from Water Trading in Australia and the US
March 2013
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Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education
Trading Activity in an informal Agricultural Water Market: An example from California
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Prospects for Expansion of Water Markets in California

Association of California Water Agencies
Recommendations for Improving Water Transfers and Access to Water Markets in California
April 2016
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Public Policy Institute of California
Allocating California’s Water: Directions for Reform
November 2015
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The Hamilton Project and Stanford University
Shopping for Water: How the Market can mitigate water shortages in the American West…October 2014
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NYU Law Review
Missing Water Markets: A Cautionary Tale of Governmental Failure
September 2015
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California Business Roundtable, CalChamber, California Farm Bureau Federation, California Manufacturers’ Association
Maintaining Momentum on California Water Issues: Business Leaders’ Findings
May 1996
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Nothing contained in this blog is to be construed as necessarily reflecting the views of the Pacific Research Institute or as an attempt to thwart or aid the passage of any legislation.

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