Groundwater Scarcity: Management Approaches and Recent Innovations

Y. Kuwayama, R. Young, N. Brozović

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In this chapter, we describe some innovative policies, regulations, and initiatives that have been implemented in the United States as part of this rapidly shifting landscape in groundwater management. Our focus is on the management of groundwater for irrigation, which is the single largest use of groundwater by withdrawals. The chapter starts with an overview of the motivations for groundwater management, focusing on market failures that can lead to socially suboptimal levels of groundwater pumping. We then describe the policy instruments and technologies that are available to address these market failures and provide examples of each. The chapter concludes with a description of four case studies of existing or proposed water management institutions and initiatives that are innovative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCompetition for Water Resources
Subtitle of host publicationExperiences and Management Approaches in the US and Europe
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780128032381
ISBN (Print)9780128032374
StatePublished - 2017


  • Groundwater
  • Irrigation
  • Policy instruments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)


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