The global expansion of irrigated lands during the 20th century and beyond continues to contribute to food production, but also degrades the environment significantly. The consequent search for policy remedies has stimulated a vital body of economic research. The issues addressed in this comprehensive collection of previously published articles include the effects of existing government intervention on the environmental impacts of agriculture, the economic costs and benefits of environmental regulations for agriculture, and the economic and environmental merits of alternative mechanisms for water allocation and water quality protection. In this volume the editors present a sampling of economic research on the interface of irrigated agriculture with the environment. The articles included are by leading researchers in this field and span the topics of nonpoint pollution control, salinity management, and the allocation of water.
Part 1 Pollution control instruments for irrigated agriculture: agricultural runoff as a nonpoint externality - a theoretical development, Ronald C. Griffin and Daniel W. Bromley; the relative efficiency of agricultural source water pollution control policies, James S. Shortle and James W. Dunn; uncertainty and incentives for nonpoint pollution control, Kathleen Segerson; ambient taxes when polluters have multiple choices, Richard D. Horan et al; the regulation of non-point-source pollution under imperfect and asymmetric information, Richard Cabe and Joseph A. Herriges; the on-farm costs of reducing groundwater pollution, Scott L. Johnson et al; regulating nonpoint source pollution under heterogeneous conditions, Gloria E. Helfand and Brett W. House; regulating environmental health risks under uncertainty -groundwater contamination in California, Erik Lichtenberg et al. Part 2 Salinity and water allocation: adoption of improved irrigation and drainage reduction technologies under limiting environmental conditions, Ariel Dinar et al; modelling intrastate and interstate markets for Colorado River water resources, J.F. Booker and R.A. Young; modelling regional agricultural production and salinity control alternatives for water quality policy analysis, Donna J. Lee and Richard E. Howitt; uncoordinated agricultural environmental policy making - an application to irrigated agriculture in the West, Marca Weinberg and Catherine L. Kling. Part 3 Water reallocation and the environment: enhancing instream flow benefits in an era of water marketing, Bonnie G. Colby; water allocation in the American West - endangered fish versus irrigated agriculture, Michael R. Moore et al; the potential for water market efficiency when instream flows have value, Ronald C. Griffin and Shih-Hsun Hsu; benefits of increased streamflow - the case of the John Day River steelhead fishery, Neal S. Johnson and Richard M. Adams; the effects of water rights and irrigation technology on streamflow augmentation cost in the Snake River basin, David B. Willis et al; limiting pumping from the Edwards aquifer - an economic investigation of proposals, water markets and spring flow guarantees, Bruce A. McCarl et al.
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