Economics and Groundwater

by Donald Finlayson, (M.ASCE), Chf.; Northern District, California Dept. of Water Resources, Red Bluff, Calif.,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-424-5 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-424-2 (ISBN-10), 1984, Soft Cover, Pg. 74

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Conference information: A Session of ASCE Convention | San Francisco, California, United States | October 4, 1984

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


The increasing use of groundwater has resulted in greater lifts, and coupled with increased energy costs is focusing more attention on the economics of groundwater use. The proceedings of this session include a background paper on the status of statutes in various states relative to economics of pumping levels. Two papers investigate the economics of groundwater use in California's San Joaquin Valley. One describes the economics of use and overdraft of ground water for agriculture; the other reports on the use of models to evaluate economics of various alternative plans of operating the groundwater basin. The last two papers describe ways of extending available supplies—one by use of a groundwater reservoir as offstream storage for California's State Water Project, the second by use of drip systems to irrigate cotton in the Pacific Southwest.

Subject Headings: Economic factors | Groundwater | Water storage | Coupling | Pumps | Irrigation water | Hydrologic models | Basins


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