Alternative Allocations of Water in Rural Areas

LeRoy Hansen
1991 unpublished
Especially in the West, so much of a stream's flow is sometimes diverted for irrigation that the stream cannot support its normal fish and wildlife population. Recreational uses of the stream can be diminished or lost too. Without some kind of market mechanism, water allocation among competing uses may not meet society's needs. For example, if water's recreational value exceeded its irrigation value, water could be purchased from farmers for recreation, thereby increasing its overall value to
more » ... ciety. This article takes a step toward developing a measure of the recreational value of streamflow.
doi:10.22004/ag.econ.310930 fatcat:aio2ed6czzc2figlr47itc47ma