The Economics and Management of Water and Drainage in Agriculture

Editors: Dinar, Ariel, Zilberman, David (Eds.)

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Jan van Schilfgaarde, USDA Agricultural Research Service and National Research Council Committee on Irrigation-Induced Water Quality Problems In 1982, a startling discovery was made. Many waterbirds in Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge were dying or suffering reproductive failure. Located in the San Joaquin Valley (Valley) of California, the Kesterson Reservoir (Kesterson) was used to store agricultural drainage water and it was soon determined that the probable cause of the damage to wildlife was high concenĀ­ trations of selenium, derived from the water and water organisms in the reservoir. This discovery drastically changed numerous aspects of water management in California, and especially affected irrigated agriculture. In fact, the repercussions spilled over to much of the Western United States. For a century, water development for irrigation has been a religiously pursued means for economic development of the West. The primary objective of the Reclamation Act of 1902 was, purportedly, the development ofirrigation water to support family farms which, in turn, would enhance the regional economy (Worster, 1985).

Table of contents (8 chapter)

  • Crop-Water Production Function and the Problems of Drainage and Salinity

    John Letey

    Pages 209-227

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  • Irrigation Technology Adoption Decisions: Empirical Evidence

    Margriet F. Caswell

    Pages 295-312

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  • Willingness to Pay to Protect Wetlands and Reduce Wildlife Contamination from Agricultural Drainage

    John Loomis, Michael Hanemann, Barbara Kanninen, et al.

    Pages 411-429

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  • Economic Value of Wildlife Resources in the San Joaquin Valley: Hunting and Viewing Values

    Joseph Cooper, John Loomis

    Pages 447-462

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  • The Use of Computable General Equilibrium Models to Assess Water Policies

    Peter Berck, Sherman Robinson, George Goldman

    Pages 489-509

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Economics and Management of Water and Drainage in Agriculture
Copyright
1991
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-4028-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-4028-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-6801-4
Edition Number
1
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