Agricultural water security and instream flows for endangered species

David A. Newburn, Nicholas Brozovic, Mariano Mezzatesta

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We analyze the potential effects of listing threatened salmonid species on landowner behavior using parcel-level data from Sonoma County, California. We estimate a bivariate probit model, representing the landowner's joint decision on land use and water management during the period 1973-2006, both before and after listing. Our results indicate that after listing, vineyard development with on-site reservoirs became significantly less likely, particularly in upland watersheds with seasonal streams. This interseasonal shift from stored surface water in winter toward groundwater or direct diversion in summer may lead to negative unintended consequences on summer flows needed for juvenile fish survivorship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1212-1228
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Endangered Species Act
  • spatially explicit modeling
  • water management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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