Water Supply Analysis for Restoring the Colorado River Delta, Mexico

TitleWater Supply Analysis for Restoring the Colorado River Delta, Mexico
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsMedellín-Azuara, J., Lund J. R., & Howitt R.
JournalJournal of Water Resources Planning and Management
Volume133
Pagination462-471
Type of ArticleJournal Article
AbstractThis 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.
URLhttp://ascelibrary.org/doi/10.1061/%28ASCE%290733-9496%282007%29133%3A5%28462%29
DOI10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9496(2007)133:5(462)