ENV 641a (Online) / 2021-2022

Market-Based Mechanisms for Water Management

Credits: 3
Teaching Mode: Online
Fall 2021: Tu, 1:00-3:50, Online

This course provides students with both a theoretical foundation of and practical experience with applying environmental water transactions (EWTs) to water management challenges, such as river restoration, drought-mitigation, and agricultural allocation. Other market-based mechanisms for water management will be explored, though EWTs and western US water law and management are the primary focus. As part of the course, students will have the opportunity to develop a simple hydrological and water rights model for a fictional watershed to use as the basis for designing a suite of water transactions and market-based water management solutions for the watershed. 
This is an online course taught by experienced professionals who value a hands-on approach to learning. Classes typically will be part lecture and part applied work, with opportunities for discussion, breakout groups, and scheduled Zoom breaks in order to minimize screen fatigue. In addition, the course will feature case studies and guest lectures from practitioners actively using market-based mechanisms for water management (prospective guest lecturers include staff from Environmental Defense Fund, American Rivers, Deschutes River Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, and others).