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Groundwater Management

Until the 1980’s a simple formula governed water management in the America. Drill more wells and pump more groundwater, or build a dam and create a reservoir. Groundwater supplies in many parts of the country are being mined as pumping rates exceed natural recharge rates. Water management practices are transitioning from supply development to enhanced management of existing water resources.

My research in this area involves the integration of economics, engineering, and environmental science with law, policy analysis, and planning.

Selected articles, papers and presentations

Kaiser, R. (2005). Who Owns the Water: A Primer on Texas Groundwater Law. Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, July 2005.

Management Regimes for Aquifers of the High Plains. (June 2004). Natural Resources Law Center, Boulder, Co.

Kaiser, R. (2004). Water Issues in Texas: Problems in Search of Solutions. Texas Bar Journal. March, 2004, 188.

Developing a Five Year Regulatory Program for Groundwater Conservation Districts. (August 2003). Executive Training Program for Groundwater Districts, College Station, Tx.

Lesikar, B.; Kaiser, R.; and V. Silvy. (2002). Questions about Groundwater Conservation Districts in Texas, Texas Cooperative Extension Service. B-6120.

Kaiser, R & Frank Skillern (2001). Deep Trouble: The Hidden Threat of Aquifer Depletion in Texas. Texas Tech Law Review 32 (2), 249.

Groundwater Management in the West. (Dec 2003). Western States Water Council, Amarillo, Tx.

Sustainable Aquifers: State Management Trends and Practices. Louisiana Water Summit, Baton Rouge, La. (February 2001).

Kaiser, R., (1987). Handbook of Texas Water Law. (Water Monograph No. 87-1) College Station, Texas: Texas Water Resources Institute.

Water Marketing

My research has focused on the merits, requirements, applications and outcomes of water marketing as a reallocation mechanism. This includes (1) analyzing laws, regulations and institutions enabling and constraining marketing, (2) identifying criteria and values to be achieved in marketing, and (3) evaluating the applicability of market mechanisms to water quality trading.

Selected articles, papers and presentations

Kaiser, R. (2005). Solving the Texas Water Puzzle: Market-Based Allocation of Water, (Texas Public Policy Foundation Research Report, March-05), Austin Texas.

Kaiser, R. (2005). Texas Water Markets. Water Report 10, 13.

Marketing and Exporting Groundwater in Texas. (May 2005). Groundwater Marketing Conference, College Station, Tx.

Woodward, R., & R. Kaiser (2003). Market Structures for U.S. Water Quality Trading. Review of Agricultural Economics. 24(2) 366.

Woodward, R, A.M. Wicks, & R. Kaiser, (2002). The Structures of Water Quality Trading Markets: Theory and Practice Journal of American Water Resources Association 38 (4) 967.

Economic, Legal and Institutional Considerations for Water Markets. (May 2001). 11th Annual Texas Real Estate Symposium, College Station, Tx.

Kaiser, R. & L. Phillips (1998). Dividing The Waters: Water Marketing As A Reallocation And Conflict Mitigation Strategy In The Edwards Aquifer Region. Natural Resources Journal 38, 442.

Kaiser, R. (1997). A Bibliographic Pathfinder On Water Marketing, Natural Resources Journal 37, 4.

Kaiser, R., (1996). Texas Water Marketing in the Next Millennium: A Conceptual and Legal Analysis, Texas Tech Law Review 27(1), 181.

Kaiser, R. (1995). Legal and Institutional Barriers to Water Marketing in Texas, (Tech Report # TR-167) College Station, Texas Water Resources Institute.

Environmental and Instream Flows

When rivers run dry due to excessive diversions, drought, or reservoir development, adverse environmental, economic and social consequences follow. At a time when it is critical to take steps to protect environmental flows, the demands on available water supplies to meet municipal, industrial, and irrigation needs are increasing. In spite of this impressive array of benefits from environmental flows, recognition and protection for these flows under state water law is minimal. The recognition problem is compounded by the fact that in many parts of the country very little water remains for allocation to environmental flows. While there may be general consensus on the need for environmental flows, there is little agreement on how much water is needed and what legal tools will be used to provide this water.

Selected articles, papers and presentations

Kaiser, R. (Dec. 2005). Multiple Values of Water, Texas Tech School of Law Symposium.

Kaiser, R. (July 2005). Strategies for Protecting Environmental Flows Universities Council on Water Resources. Portland, Maine.

Kaiser, R. & S Binion (1998). Untying the Gordian Knot: Negotiated Strategies for Resolving Conflicts over Instream Flows in Texas. Natural Resources Journal 38, 1.

Economic, Environmental and Social Values Associated with the Recreational Use of Water. Water and Future of Kansas Conference, Manhattan, Kan. (March 2001).

Kaiser, R. & Kelly, S. (1987). Water Rights for Texas Estuaries. Texas Tech University Law Review 18, 1121.

Kaiser, R., Alexander, S. & Hammitt, P. (1994). Protecting National Parks in Texas through Enforcement of Water Quality Standards: An Exploratory Analysis. (NPS/NRWRD 94/18). Washington, D.C. :United States Department of Interior, National Park Service.

Urban Water Conservation

Municipalities are increasing looking to conservation techniques and strategies and drought management as one option to increase the reliability of supplies. Urban conservation strategies and techniques are well documented in the literature, however, the barriers and constraints to the adoption of these techniques is less well know. My research examines the barriers and constraints to the adoption of conservation practices.

Selected articles, papers and presentations

Silvy, V., Kaiser, R. et al. Views from the Riverfront, TCE/TWRI Report (August 2005).

Silvy, V., Kaiser, R. et al. The Preference and Feasibility of Water Conservation along the Rio Grande (September 2004).

Kaiser, R., Silvy, V., and B. Lesikar. (2004). Municipal Water Conservation Practices of Texas and New Mexico Cities on the Rio Grande. Texas Water Resources Institute/ Texas Cooperative Extension.

Kaiser, R., et al., (2000). Water Management Strategies: Ranking the Options, College Station, Texas, The Texas A&M University System.