Letter from the Editor


Thank you for your continued interest in Journal of Water.

As always, there’s never a dull moment in the water industry: Minute 32x is now Minute 323; Lower Basin DCP continues forward; implementation of California’s SGMA has begun in earnest; the deadline for over-drafted basins to create GSAs has come and gone; the idea of water markets sparks conversations; and policymakers and water managers continue often contradictory efforts to ensure water supplies while protecting the environment. All of this while litigation, legislative and regulatory actions frame the industry.

With that in mind, we are happy to bring you the 2017 Summer 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 involve efforts to bolster the elevation of Lake Mead, meet municipal and agricultural water demands in Arizona and California, address environmental needs in Colorado, and demonstrate the viability of alternative transfer mechanisms—the heralded alternative to the “buy and dry” method of transferring water from agricultural to municipal use.

This quarter, Market Indicators show prices moving in Colorado-Big Thompson as well as the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

JOW Corner covers HR 1654, a federal bill that would make water supply project permitting more efficient, lawsuits seeking to define tribal water rights, a pilot electronic water exchange, collaborative efforts to restore and protect watersheds, and change from flow regulations to adaptive management for the Rio Grande silvery minnow.

We hope you enjoy this issue of Journal of Water.



Rodney T. Smith


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