Recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach in water management, we offer lessons learned from nine case studies that span six western U.S. states, capturing the different physical, political, and socio-economic contexts that influence management strategies and tools. Each study offers fresh and unique insight for water managers—a sort of toolbox—on how they could adapt proven methodologies to best fit their own local context. Some key solutions explored in the report include scenarios from Colorado, Nebraska and Arizona, USA. Developing and implementing groundwater policy isn’t easy. In fact, it took some of the places mentioned in the case studies decades and a lot of expertise and investment to get to where they are today. But the basins obligated to comply with water usage regulations—not to mention regions around the world struggling to meet water demands—have an advantage: they can learn from the experiences of water managers across the American West.
"Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute
• John Berge, North Platte Natural Resources District, United States of America
• Ann Dimmitt, Twin Platte Natural Resources District, United States of America
• Scott Snell, Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District, United States of America
• Monty Vonasek, Central Valley Irrigation, United States of America
• Sandra Zellmer, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, College of Law, United States of America
• Jackie McClaskey, Kansas Department of Agriculture, United States of America