The Economics and Management of Water and Drainage in Agriculture

  • Ariel Dinar
  • David Zilberman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Background and Setting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ariel Dinar, David Zilberman
      Pages 3-8
  3. Engineering, Physical, and Biological Approaches to Drainage Problems

  4. Economics of Farm Level Irrigation and Drainage

  5. Environmental and Public Health Impacts of Drainage

  6. Valuing Non-Agricultural Benefits from Water Use

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 387-387
    2. John Loomis, Michael Hanemann, Barbara Kanninen, Thomas Wegge
      Pages 411-429
    3. H. S. Burness, Ronald G. Cummings, Philip T. Ganderton, Glenn W. Harrison
      Pages 431-445
  7. Regional Economic Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 463-463
    2. Stephen A. Hatchett, Gerald L. Horner, Richard E. Howitt
      Pages 465-487
    3. Peter Berck, Sherman Robinson, George Goldman
      Pages 489-509
    4. Gerald L. Horner, Stephen A. Hatchett, Robert M. House, Richard E. Howitt
      Pages 557-573
    5. Michael R. Moore, Donald H. Negri, John A. Miranowski
      Pages 575-596
  8. Dynamic Aspects of Irrigation and Drainage Management

  9. Uncertainty, Enforcement, and Political Economy of Water Systems

  10. Institutions, Regulations, and Legal Aspects of Water and Drainage Problems

About this book


Jan van Schilfgaarde, USDA Agricultural Research Service and National Research Council Committee on Irrigation-Induced Water Quality Problems In 1982, a startling discovery was made. Many waterbirds in Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge were dying or suffering reproductive failure. Located in the San Joaquin Valley (Valley) of California, the Kesterson Reservoir (Kesterson) was used to store agricultural drainage water and it was soon determined that the probable cause of the damage to wildlife was high concen­ trations of selenium, derived from the water and water organisms in the reservoir. This discovery drastically changed numerous aspects of water management in California, and especially affected irrigated agriculture. In fact, the repercussions spilled over to much of the Western United States. For a century, water development for irrigation has been a religiously pursued means for economic development of the West. The primary objective of the Reclamation Act of 1902 was, purportedly, the development ofirrigation water to support family farms which, in turn, would enhance the regional economy (Worster, 1985).


agriculture irrigation water

Editors and affiliations

  • Ariel Dinar
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • David Zilberman
    • 4
  1. 1.Davis and USDA-ERSUniversity of CaliforniaUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaRiversideUSA
  3. 3.San Joaquin Valley Drainage ProgramUSA
  4. 4.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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