© 1991

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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 313-313

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

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Economics and Management of Water and Drainage in Agriculture
  • Editors Ariel Dinar
    David Zilberman
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-9171-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4613-6801-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4615-4028-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 946
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Agriculture
    Environmental Economics
    Agricultural Economics
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