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Tapping Water Markets in Florida

  • Reed Watson,
  • Sal Nuzzo
  • Executive Summary

    With a finite supply of water and a booming population, conflicts over water in the Sunshine State have become more regular, more intense, and more costly in recent years. Water markets, which allow competing users to trade water voluntarily, offer Florida the best hope of aligning economic growth, water conservation, and ecosystem health.

    Co-published by PERC and The James Madison Institute, this report explains how water markets can help resolve Florida’s most pressing water issues. It also describes several policy reforms Florida’s lawmakers and regulators should consider if they hope to tap water markets in the future. Fortunately, Florida law already embraces several elements needed to foster water marketing. With relatively minor policy modifications—not overhauls—Florida can harness property rights and markets to make the most of its water resources.

    Written By
    • Reed Watson

      Reed Watson is the director of the Hayek Center for the Business of Prosperity and a professor of practice in the John E. Walker Department of Economics at Clemson University.

    • Sal Nuzzo

      Sal Nuzzo is the executive director of Consumers Defense and a senior fellow with The James Madison Insitute.

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