Letter from the Editor


Thank you for your continued interest in Journal of Water.

Once again, circumstances present the water industry with intriguing opportunities for study, analysis, and action. Reclamation forecasts show near even chances of shortage declaration in the Lower Basin in 2020; Arizona working out pathway to allow for the state to approve the DCP; and water quality has made headlines with issues ranging from Tijuana sewage spills effecting cities near the border and Compton’s brown, smelly water to negotiated deals to improve and maintain water quality in streams in Colorado. In addition, a new water fight is brewing between Texas and New Mexico over private sales of groundwater for use in fracking.

In that context, we are happy to bring you the 2018 Spring Issue, in which JOW continues its unique focus on water prices throughout the west while bringing key insight on the important events shaping water policy.

In this issue, JOW spotlights transactions that address immediate and future water needs in Arizona; improve management of certain waterways in Northern California; and protect streamflows in Colorado’s Crystal River.

This quarter, Market Indicators show market trends in the Alto Subarea of the Mojave Basin Area, Colorado-Big Thompson Project, Truckee River region, Edwards Aquifer, and the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

JOW Corner covers EPA’s efforts to determine whether groundwater is subject to Clean Water Act regulations, action to address the impacts of Tijuana’s sewage spills on cities in the U.S., the implications of IID repealing its Equitable Distribution Plan, and Metropolitan Water District’s re-vote on California WaterFix.

We hope you enjoy this issue of Journal of Water.



Rodney T. Smith


PS – Follow us on Twitter @JournalOfWater