At the PERC workshop, scholars presented papers examining why water markets have not developed further than they have and explored how institutional and political barriers might be lowered.
Discussion Draft for Workshop “Water Markets: Why Not More?” Property and Environment Research Center Bozeman, Montana September 2009
La Monica Everett-Haynes 06/01/2009
The United States must come to terms with its lavish use of water and, at the same time, figure out serious solutions to the immediate problem related to access to water.
I’m torn. Some of my fondest Montana memories come from days of fly-fishing publicly accessed streams. In contrast, I’ve also conducted redd counts on one of the state’s most highly contested “stream access” streams and witnessed first-hand the natural resource benefits of privatization.
David Figura 03/03/2009
Doug Barclay vividly remembers a fall day in the early 1980s when he said upwards of 3,000 people were on his New York property along the lower Salmon River
James Huffman 03/01/2009
Public access to rivers, lakes, and streams seems like a good idea in the abstract. Why not allow access to anyone who wants to enjoy the recreational opportunities associated with water?
Reed Watson 03/01/2009
Protecting private property rights is critical to protecting environmental resources because private landowners respond to incentives.