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Modeling Spatial Water Allocation and Hydrologic Externalities
in the Boise Valley

This report describes the development and application of a prototype spatial water allocation model for a portion of the Boise Project. Model development involves linking a conjunctive hydrologic model with a partial equilibrium economic model. The prototype model describes the hydrologic distribution of canal seepage, groundwater pumping, and drain return in a small area of the Boise Project as trades between spatially distributed water suppliers and demanders.

The report findings indicate that quantities of water supplied and demanded and water prices are influenced by the existence of hydrologic externalities resulting from canal seepage spatially.

Assessing the economics of water supply and demand is an emerging science and there is still much work to do to improve models and scale them to regional levels. This report is intended as an informational document, aimed at improving our understanding of water supply and demand issues as well as hydrologic externalities. The report has been peer reviewed by technical experts at Reclamation and at the University of Idaho for scientific accuracy and appropriateness of methodology.

 
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02/2009 Modeling Spatial Water Allocation and Hydrologic Externalities in the Boise Valley PDF 1.37 mb
 
Contact

Allyn Meuleman
(208) 383-2258
gmeuleman@usbr.gov

Bureau of Reclamation
Snake River Area Office
230 Collins Rd
Boise, ID 83702

 

Last Update: October 29, 2012 7:58 AM