Dept. of Agricultural Economics, University of Idaho
and a recent Water Resources Cluster Hire
“An Overview of Residential Water Use and Conservation in the West”
Tuesday Sept. 12, 2017
11:30-12:20 MT (10:30-11:20 Pacific)
This seminar provides an overview of water management issues and contextualizes residential water demand in the West. Residential water demand is determined by household characteristics, policies, social norms, personal motivations, climate, and weather. We will discuss the methods for estimating water demand based on these explanatory variables and our current understanding of household water use. We will also touch on key economic concepts, the institutions within which water is managed, the “buy and dry” phenomenon, water utility operations and policy, and the condition of water infrastructure in the United States.
Alexander Maas is an Assistant Professor in the Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Department at the University of Idaho. He received his doctorate in Resource Economics from Colorado State University and has spent the past five years researching water use decisions and management institutions. As part of the Urban Water Innovation Network, his research was primarily focused on the development of decision support systems for management of water resources and providing policy makers with the tools necessary to identify vulnerable areas and assess tradeoffs. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Maas served on the Fort Collins Water Board, which advises city council, acting as a quasi-judicial body. He also worked on a collaboration project with the Nature Conservancy and Dow Chemical investigating watershed ecosystem services which received the Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
UI-Moscow @ CNR 14
ISU-Pocatello @ Physical Sciences Room 232
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Meeting ID: 943 388 763