Respectively, Consulting Economist, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington; and Research Associate, Research Program on Environment and Behavior, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder (E-Mail/Slaughter: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Water, Adaptation, and Property Rights on the Snake and Klamath Rivers1
Article first published online: 5 MAR 2007
JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association
Volume 43, Issue 2, pages 308–321, April 2007
How to Cite
Slaughter, R. A. and Wiener, J. D. (2007), Water, Adaptation, and Property Rights on the Snake and Klamath Rivers. JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 43: 308–321. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2006.00024.x
Paper No. J05053 of the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA). Received April 26, 2005; accepted April 19, 2006. © 2007 American Water Resources Association.
- Issue published online: 5 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 5 MAR 2007
- climate change;
- institutional adaptation;
- water law;
- water markets/marketing;
- water policy/regulation/decision making
Abstract: Water demand in a viable economy tends to be dynamic: it changes over time in response to growth, drought, and social policy. Institutional capacity to re-allocate water between users and uses under stress from multiple sources is a key concern. Climate change threatens to add to those stresses in snowmelt systems by changing the timing of runoff and possibly increasing the severity and duration of drought. This article examines Snake and Klamath River institutions for their ability to resolve conflict induced by demand growth, drought, and environmental constraints on water use. The study finds that private ownership of water rights has been a major positive factor in successful adaptation, by providing the basis for water marketing and by promoting the use of negotiation and markets rather than politics to resolve water conflict.