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Water Allocation Using the Bankruptcy Model: A Case Study of the Missouri River

Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, North Dakota State University, Dept. 7610, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050, USA
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Water 2020, 12(3), 619; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12030619
Received: 30 December 2019 / Revised: 10 February 2020 / Accepted: 19 February 2020 / Published: 25 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Water Resources Management, Policy and Governance)
This research applies cooperative game theory—specifically, the bankruptcy model—to address conflicts arising from the scarcity of water resources shared by multiple agents. This case study addresses potential outcomes of five allocation rules applied to the apportionment of water between two agents in the Missouri River. Currently, there is no interstate compact to apportion Missouri River and frequent disputes between upstream and downstream states occur. Upstream states favor managing reservoir water levels to support reservoir recreation and downstream states want water for the downstream navigation channel. The five allocation rules studied are (1) Proportional Sharing, (2) Constrained Equal Awards, (3) Constrained Equal Losses, (4) Sequential Sharing based on Proportional Sharing, and (5) a proposed Modified Constrained Equal Awards rule. The results of the analysis of apportionment during four dry years in the 2000s show that the best approaches are the proposed Modified Constrained Equal Awards Rule and the Proportional Sharing Rule. View Full-Text
Keywords: cooperative game theory; bankruptcy model; Missouri River; navigation channel; allocation rules cooperative game theory; bankruptcy model; Missouri River; navigation channel; allocation rules
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Wickramage, H.M.; Roberts, D.C.; Hearne, R.R. Water Allocation Using the Bankruptcy Model: A Case Study of the Missouri River. Water 2020, 12, 619. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12030619

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Wickramage HM, Roberts DC, Hearne RR. Water Allocation Using the Bankruptcy Model: A Case Study of the Missouri River. Water. 2020; 12(3):619. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12030619

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Wickramage, Heshani M.; Roberts, David C.; Hearne, Robert R. 2020. "Water Allocation Using the Bankruptcy Model: A Case Study of the Missouri River" Water 12, no. 3: 619. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12030619

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