Competition for Water Resources

Competition for Water Resources

Experiences and Management Approaches in the US and Europe

1st Edition - September 9, 2016

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  • Editors: Jadwiga Ziolkowska, Jeffrey Peterson
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128032374
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128032381

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Competition for Water Resources: Experiences and Management Approaches in the U.S. and Europe addresses the escalation of global issues regarding water scarcity and the necessary, cost-effective strategies that must be put in place in order to deal with escalating water crisis. The book evaluates use and competition for water resources in the U.S. and Europe, emphasizing the problems and challenges of dealing with tradeoffs in water. In addition, the book discusses water management strategies that can be used to optimize water use and allocation, mitigate water scarcity, and adapt to water scarcity. Supplementing the numerous case studies, the book includes lessons learned from applying specific strategies and approaches. This comprehensive overview and comparison of management practices across two continents is an invaluable resource for researchers, policymakers, and educators in water.

Key Features

  • Provides a national and regional perspective through the use of country specific case study examples
  • Includes a comparative analysis between the U.S. and Europe, illustrating experiences in water management from two sides of the Atlantic
  • Covers interdisciplinary topics related to water, such as agriculture and energy


Water managers; water resource economists and researchers in the food and energy sector

Table of Contents

    • Dedication
    • List of Contributors
    • Preface
    • Acknowledgment
    • Part 1. Regional Water Scarcity Problems
      • Chapter 1.1. Meeting the Challenge of Water Scarcity in the Western United States
        • 1. Introduction
        • 2. Overview of Water in the Western United States
        • 3. Addressing Water Scarcity
        • 4. State, Federal, and Local Governance of Water Resources
        • 5. Conclusions
      • Chapter 1.2. Competition for Water Resources From the European Perspective
        • 1. Introduction
        • 2. The “Great Divide” of the European Union
        • 3. The Water Framework Directive
        • 4. Wishful Thinking or a Dangerous Mismatch?
        • 5. Conclusion
      • Chapter 1.3. Institutional Aspects and Policy Background of Water Scarcity Problems in the United States
        • 1. Introduction
        • 2. Instream Flows
        • 3. Specification of Appropriative Rights
        • 4. Transferability of Appropriative Rights
        • 5. Enforcement of Appropriative Water Rights
        • 6. Conclusion
    • Part 2. Areas of Competition for Water Resources - Experiences from the US and Europe
      • Subpart 2.1. Water for Food Production
        • Chapter 2.1.1. Challenges for US Irrigated Agriculture in the Face of Emerging Demands and Climate Change
          • 1. Introduction
          • 2. Water Supply and Demand Challenges for US Irrigated Agriculture
          • 3. How Important Is Irrigation to US Agriculture?
          • 4. How Efficient Is Irrigated Agriculture?
          • 5. Irrigation Investments and Funding Sources
          • 6. Water Conservation Policy: A Watershed Perspective
        • Chapter 2.1.2. The Water–Energy Nexus and Irrigated Agriculture in the United States: Trends and Analyses
          • 1. Introduction
          • 2. Trends in US Irrigated Agriculture
          • 3. Irrigated Agricultural Production Model: An Empirical Investigation
          • 4. Regional Groundwater Usage: Water Availability and Energy Costs
          • 5. Conclusions
        • Chapter 2.1.3. The Water–Energy Nexus in Europe and Spain: An Institutional Analysis From the Perspective of the Spanish Irrigation Sector
          • 1. Introduction
          • 2. Water and Energy Reforms in the European Union and Spain: A Look From the Top Down
          • 3. The Water–Energy Nexus at the Local Level in Spain: The Case of Irrigation
          • 4. New Governance Arrangements in the Irrigation–Energy Nexus: A Look From the Bottom Up
          • 5. Institutional Challenges
          • 6. Conclusions
      • Subpart 2.2. Water for Energy Production
        • Chapter 2.2.1. Water Scarcity and Conservation Along the Biofuel Supply Chain in the United States: From Farm to Refinery
          • 1. Introduction
          • 2. Biofuels Production and Agriculture
          • 3. Water Usage in Biofuel and Feedstock Production
          • 4. Water Conservation Strategies and Options Across the Biofuel Supply Chain
          • 5. Conclusion
        • Chapter 2.2.2. Water Use for Biofuels in Europe
          • 1. Introduction
          • 2. EU Biofuel Policies
          • 3. Water Protection Regulations in the European Union
          • 4. Biofuel Targets and Feedstock Use in the European Union
          • 5. Technical Indicators of Water Efficiency in Biofuel Production
          • 6. A Comprehensive Way to Assess the Efficiency of Biofuel Production
          • 7. Conclusions
        • Chapter 2.2.3. Water–Energy Nexus and Environmental Aspects of Oil and Gas Production
          • 1. Introduction
          • 2. Water Sourcing
          • 3. Drought Impacts on Oil and Gas Operations
          • 4. Water Quality
          • 5. Sustainability of Water and Energy Resources
        • Chapter 2.2.4. Water Use for Unconventional Natural Gas Development Within the Susquehanna River Basin
          • 1. Introduction
          • 2. Evolution of Regulatory Program
          • 3. Natural Gas Development
          • 4. Water Use
          • 5. Competition for Water Resources in the SRB
          • 6. Relevant Studies and Applied Research
          • 7. Lessons Learned and Future Outlook
        • Chapter 2.2.5. Water Use for Unconventional Gas Production in the European Union
          • 1. Introduction
          • 2. Shale Gas in the European Union
          • 3. Potential Impacts on Water Resources
          • 4. The Regulation of Water Use in the Case of Unconventional Gas
          • 5. Conclusion
        • Chapter 2.2.6. Water for Electricity Generation in the United States
          • 1. Introduction
          • 2. Direct Water Use for Power Generation: Hydroelectric Dams
          • 3. Indirect Water Use for Power Generation: Thermoelectric Power Plants
          • 4. Water for Power Generation: Nonhydro Renewable Energy
          • 5. Potential Solutions
          • 6. Conclusions
        • Chapter 2.2.7. Long-Term Water and Energy Issues in European Power Systems
          • 1. Introduction
          • 2. Water and Hydropower in Europe's Electric Systems
          • 3. Water Issues for Europe's Thermoelectric Power Plants
        • Chapter 2.3. Water–Energy–Food Nexus—Commonalities and Differences in the United States and Europe
          • 1. Introduction
          • 2. The Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Institutions
          • 3. The Special Challenge of Managing Water
          • 4. Prospects for Institutional Innovation
    • Part 3. Water Management Approaches to Mitigate/Adapt to Scarce Water Resources - Case Studies From the United States and Europe
      • Subpart 3.1. Management Approaches in the United States
        • Chapter 3.1.1. Willingness to Pay for Reclaimed Water: A Case Study for Oklahoma
          • 1. Introduction
          • 2. Definition of Reclaimed Water
          • 3. The Role of Reclaimed Water Use in the United States
          • 4. Public Acceptance and Willingness to Pay for Reclaimed Water
          • 5. Contingent Valuation Method and Willingness to Pay
          • 6. Survey Design
          • 7. Probit Models
          • 8. Results and Discussion
          • 9. Conclusions
        • Chapter 3.1.2. Conjunctive Water Management in Hydraulically Connected Regions in the Western United States
          • 1. Introduction
          • 2. Surface Water–Groundwater Hydrology
          • 3. Conjunctive Management Policy Analysis
          • 4. Discussion and Conclusions
        • Chapter 3.1.3. Prospects for Desalination in the United States—Experiences From California, Florida, and Texas
          • 1. Introduction
          • 2. Prospects for Desalination in the United States—SWOT Analysis
          • 3. Experiences With Desalination From California, Florida, and Texas
          • 4. Lessons Learned and Future Perspectives for Desalination in the United States
        • Chapter 3.1.4. Water Trading Innovations: Reducing Agricultural Consumptive Use to Improve Adaptation to Scarcity
          • 1. Introduction and Background
          • 2. Effective Baselines and Measurement Protocols
          • 3. Examples of Consumptive Use Issues in Water Trading Programs
          • 4. Reducing Transaction Costs—Online Water Trading
          • 5. Summary
          • Acronyms
        • Chapter 3.1.5. Groundwater Scarcity: Management Approaches and Recent Innovations
          • 1. Introduction
          • 2. Motivations for Groundwater Management
          • 3. Policy Instruments for Groundwater Management
          • 4. Technological Innovations to Support Groundwater Management
          • 5. Existing and Proposed Innovative Groundwater Management Programs
          • 6. Conclusions
      • Subpart 3.2. Management Approaches in Europe
        • Chapter 3.2.1. Wastewater Reuse to Cope With Water and Nutrient Scarcity in Agriculture—A Case Study for Braunschweig in Germany
          • 1. Introduction
          • 2. Characterization of the Wastewater Reuse Scheme in Braunschweig
          • 3. Lessons Learned
          • 4. Summary and Outlook
        • Chapter 3.2.2. Avoiding Floods in Spring and Droughts in Summer–Water Regulation Strategies in Germany and Poland
          • 1. Introduction
          • 2. Reclamation Systems: Property Rights and Governance Challenges
          • 3. Case Study Schraden (Germany)
          • 4. Case Study Pyrzyce (Poland)
          • 5. Conclusions
        • Chapter 3.2.3. Water Storage and Conjunctive Water Use
          • 1. Introduction
          • 2. Methods of Conjunctive Use
          • 3. Analysis of Conjunctive Use Systems
          • 4. Conclusions and Recommendations
        • Chapter 3.2.4. Product, Process, and Organizational Innovations in Water Management
          • 1. Introduction
          • 2. Nature and Types of Innovations
          • 3. Innovations in Water Management in Europe
          • 4. Conclusions
        • Chapter 3.3. Comparison of Water Management Institutions and Approaches in the United States and Europe—What Can We Learn From Each Other?
          • 1. Introduction: History and Status of Water Policy in the European Union and the United States
          • 2. Water Governance and Management
          • 3. Policy Innovations for Adapting to Water Supply Variability
          • 4. Technical Innovations for Adapting to Water Supply Variability
          • 5. Conclusions: What Can We Learn From Each Other?
    • Part 4. The Future of Water: Prospects and Challenges for Water Management in the 21st Century
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Should We Attempt to Satisfy Demand For Water or Curtail It?
      • 3. The Economic Status and Value of Water
      • 4. Competition for Water Between Ecosystems and Humans
      • 5. Future Climate Variability and Change and the Risk of Megadroughts
      • 6. Conclusions
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 478
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2016
  • Published: September 9, 2016
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128032374
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128032381

About the Editors

Jadwiga Ziolkowska

Jadwiga R. Ziolkowska is an assistant professor and environmental economist in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at University of Oklahoma. She was a post-doctoral scholar at University of California at Berkeley and an EU Marie Curie Fellow in the 7th Framework Program. She was also a researcher at University of Texas at Austin. She received her PhD and Habilitation, both in agricultural economics, from Humboldt University of Berlin. Her research areas include sustainability evaluation and decision-making support in the field of natural resources, environmental, bioenergy, agricultural economics, and resource management. Her current research focus is on optimizing water management systems, desalination, biofuels, food waste economics, geospatial and spatio-temporal analyses.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Jeffrey Peterson

Jeffrey M. Peterson is the Director of the Water Resources Center and a professor of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University in agricultural and resource economics. Prior to coming to Minnesota he was a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University for 15 years, serving as Director of Graduate Studies from 2014 to 2015. He also held a 1-year visiting faculty appointment at Oregon State University. His research focuses on environmental policy analysis with an emphasis on water use and water quality impacts related to agriculture. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council on Optimizing Water Use in Agriculture for the Foundation for Food and Agriculture research and an editor of the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Water Resources Center; Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

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