Agricultural Water Use in the Colorado River Basin: Conservation and Efficiency Tools for a Water Friendly Future

By Nathan Lee and Alice Plant

-Irrigation efficiency strategies are often cost-prohibitive for farmers and fail to offer a silver bullet for water conservation in agriculture.
-Buy-and-dry methods of water transfers from agricultural to varying uses are short sighted solutions and can have devastating impacts on rural economies and communities.
-Alternative transfer methods must play a crucial role in meeting the competitive needs of urban, environmental, energy, and recreational uses.
-Only through water law that is more flexible, as well as a social shift from conflict to collaboration, will water efficient irrigation technologies and alternative agricultural transfer methods aid in allocating Colorado River water for future generations.

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