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Water supply analysis for restoring the Colorado River Delta, Mexico

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management
Publisher
American Society of Civil Engineers
Publication Date
Sep 21, 2007
Volume
133
Issue
5
Pages
462–462
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1061/(asce)0733-9496(2007)133:5(462)|issn 0733-9496
Source
Center for Watershed Sciences John Muir Institute of the Environment
License
Green

Abstract

This paper employs an economic-engineering optimization model to explore water supply options for environmental restoration of the Colorado River Delta, Mexico. Potential water sources include reductions in local agricultural and urban water use through water markets, wastewater reuse, and additional Colorado River flows from the United States. For these alternatives, the optimization model estimates operating and water scarcity costs, water scarcity volumes, and marginal economic costs of environmental flows and values of additional Colorado River flows from the United States over a range of required delta environmental flows. Economic values for agricultural and urban water uses were estimated by two ancillary models. The results provide insights into economically promising water supplies for restoration activities. Quantifying the trade-off between agricultural and urban economic valuation and environmental flows provides a framework for decision makers to quantify their valuation of environmental flows. The model also provides a framework for integrating additional knowledge of the system as information becomes available.

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