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Congratulations to Carl Adams of DWQ. He was nominated by peers, and celebrated with peers, as the 2016 Watershed Steward of the Year!

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Wednesday, November 16 • 12:35pm - 1:00pm
Considering the 3rd Pillar of Water Demand & Conservation: Economics

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Considering the 3rd Pillar of Water Demand & Conservation: Economics
News headlines often echo predictions that Utah is running out of water because our population is growing so quickly. Utah water suppliers say there is $32 billion needed for water infrastructure repair and replacement for Utah’s growing population amid an aging water delivery system in need of repair. State and local governments are investing in numerous proposed water projects, at times generating significant controversy.

But who will pay for these water investments and what, if any, impacts will there be to our water rates? In this workshop, we explore a partnership between a Utah nonprofit organization and a community of academic PhD economists who prepared an economic analysis focusing on the expected water rate increases which would accrue from the largest proposed diversion of the Colorado River: the Lake Powell Pipeline. The workshop examines basic concepts of commodity supply and demand, the elasticity of water rate price upon future water demand and how this information is being used by the public, water suppliers and the State of Utah. We also explore why the economics of water use are so often ignored in water policy and water conservation discussions.


Gail Blattenberger

Economics Profressor, University of Utah
Gail Blattenberger, longtime professor of economics at the University of Utah, has devoted her life to three causes — peace, poverty, and the environment. Her lifetime commitment to those causes has earned her the Gandhi Peace Award presented annually by the Gandhi Peace Alliance. Blattenberger became a professor in the economics department at the University of Utah in 1997. She taught econometrics, environmental economics and macroeconomics... Read More →

Zach Frankel

Executive Director, Utah Rivers Council
Zach Frankel is the founder and Executive Director of the Utah Rivers Council. Zach started the organization in 1995 after he received his B.S. in Biology at the University of Utah. Zach has been working on water education and conservation across the American West for over 25 years. He successfully defeated a proposed dam on the Diamond Fork River in 1997 and authored Utah’s first water conservation legislation, the Utah Water Conservation Plan... Read More →

Gabriel Lozada

University of Utah, Economics Department
My general field is microeconomic theory/mathematical economics. My area of specialization is the theory of exhaustible resource extraction and sustainability. "Theory" here means that I don't use empirical data in my research, just mathematical explorations of exploiting an abstract resource "x". Another interest of mine is the application of the Second Law of Thermodymanics (the "Entropy Law") to Economics (I have a BS in physics). I teach... Read More →

Wednesday November 16, 2016 12:35pm - 1:00pm
2_Utah Cultural Celebration Center: GALLERY 1355 W 3100 S, West Valley City UT 84119

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