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New Mexico State University (2016)

Comparison of policy options to reduce water depletion by fallowing agricultural land

Trueblood, Claudia

Titre : Comparison of policy options to reduce water depletion by fallowing agricultural land

Auteur : Trueblood, Claudia

Université de soutenance : New Mexico State University

Grade : Master of Science (MS) Water Science and Management 2016

Notes
The Lower Rio Grande Water Region has struggled with water administration and management issues for over a century. Many factors have impacted the management of the Rio Grande Project, especially declining water supplies due to serial drought, growing needs due to population increase, and conflict across sectors. The study has two objectives : 1. To summarize and compare administrative schemes related to fallowing agricultural land as a way for irrigation districts to reduce depletions in four irrigation districts in Western United States ; 2. To use the outcomes of this study to inform the current work that the Elephant Butte Irrigation district (EBID) is doing to refine the Depletion Reduction and Offset Program (DROP). The DROP has been proposed by EBID as one way to deal with the challenge of a shirking and increasingly unstable and unreliable water supply in the region. For the study, I used archival and framework analysis as research methods, and purposeful rather than probability sampling. I strengthen my research practices by using triangulation of sources and analysts, and selected an inductive method of reasoning. The irrigation district I chose were EBID, El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1, Palo Verde Irrigation District, and imperial Irrigation District for unique reasons I explain in the methods chapter. After capturing some of the most prominent features of the land fallowing and offset programs in the four irrigation districts, I consolidated the information on a table. Finally, I used the table to extract what I considered was pertinent and useful to answer the second research question which has to do with how those programs could inform the situation in EBID. At the end of the study, I shared some final thoughts related to water transfers, key elements of successful programs, and special aspects of irrigation districts.

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