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Agricultural Water Policy during Drought: A Strategy for Including Groundwater Permits in Future Irrigation Buyout Auctions in the Flint River Basin

Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
Water 2019, 11(1), 151; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11010151
Received: 7 December 2018 / Revised: 8 January 2019 / Accepted: 14 January 2019 / Published: 16 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Agricultural Groundwater Resources Management)
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Abstract

Georgia’s Flint River Basin has water management challenges from extensive groundwater pumping for agriculture and in-stream flow requirements. The state has experimented with buying out irrigation permits through auctions. Past auctions were relegated to surface water permits. Recently, the state has allowed groundwater permit holders to participate in future auctions. The Flow-Impact Offer (FIO) developed in this paper provides a way to reconcile the disparate impacts of groundwater and surface water withdrawals on in-stream flows when comparing offers in a buyout auction. The techniques suggested here to operationalize the FIO are applicable to other regions of the world as well. View Full-Text
Keywords: groundwater management; water auction; DSSAT; MODFLOW groundwater management; water auction; DSSAT; MODFLOW
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Mullen, J.D. Agricultural Water Policy during Drought: A Strategy for Including Groundwater Permits in Future Irrigation Buyout Auctions in the Flint River Basin. Water 2019, 11, 151.

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