Letter from the Editor


Thank you for your continued interest in Journal of Water.

As usual, the water industry is facing a fascinating set of events. The Lower Basin DCP is facing new challenges, California WaterFix has been scaled down, and Clean Water Act litigation as being rescoped and reconsidered. Meanwhile, snowpack and water supplies sit a below average levels spurring murmurs of the “d-word,” despite the arrival of atmospheric rivers and localized flood events.

In light of that, we are happy to bring you the 2018 Winter 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; maintain agricultural production on open space lands in Pitkin County, Colorado; and help meet the demands of a growing Southern California community by leasing a 100% reliable supply of water.

This quarter, Market Indicators show market trends in the Chino Basin, the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, the Middle Rio Grande region, and the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

JOW Corner covers the priorities and efforts being undertaken to manage the Colorado River, as noted by Commissioner Burman and water managers in the Upper and Lower Basins in their comments at the Colorado River Water Users’ Association Annual Conference; recent action on the Waters of the United States rule; the latest development in the Agua Caliente groundwater case, and a study confirming that the Cadiz Project will not harm a nearby spring.

We hope you enjoy this issue of Journal of Water.



Rodney T. Smith


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