Water Conservation in Irrigated Agriculture

by Ernest T. Smerdon, Univ of Arizona, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Role of Social and Behavioral Sciences in Water Resources Planning and Management


This paper looks at irrigated agriculture in the West in light of the current circumstances, with particular reference to water conservation. It illustrates the need for expanding the role of social/behavioral scientists in developing effective institutional structures to facilitate needed changes. Subjects covered include the effects of water law, agricultural water rights, true value pricing, conservation investments, and others.

Subject Headings: Water conservation | Water rights | Water resources | Water use | Facility expansion | Pricing | Investments | Human factors

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