The Challenge of Balancing Competing Demands for Water

8:00 am - 11:00 pm, April 8, 2017 immediately before the APEE meeting at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa in Lahaina, HI
In the face of climate change and economic uncertainty, balancing competing demands for water is a growing challenge. The goal of this seminar is to discuss and discover policy solutions for the following questions: What can we learn from the developing world? What institutional arrangements in the United States can serve as models for growing urban populations? What policy reforms will help foster the development of robust water markets in arid regions? What is the role of government?



Faculty Programs Manager
Project Manager, Faculty Programs
April 13th in Lahaina, HI
July 7th-8th in Austin, TX

Please visit for more information on future IHS policy research seminars, and look for us at the upcoming annual meetings of the Western Economic Association and the American Political Science Association

Seminar Director
Participants will be eligible for a travel stipend and hotel accommodation for the nights of April 7 and 8th will be provided


PERC- the Property and Environment Research Center- is a research institute dedicated to improving environmental quality through property rights and markets
Strata is devoted to talent development by creating curriculum and programs that offer real mentorship in the principles of liberty and free markets and produces policy research on complex issues dealing with the environment, energy and public lands.


Justin Davis, Second Assistant
Ashley Donohue, Seminar Director
Ryan Zinski, First Assistant



Saturday, April 8

8:00-9:00Breakfast & Registration
9:00-9:15Welcome & Seminar Introduction Ashley Donohue, Institute for Humane Studies
9:15-10:00       Keynote Address: The Morality of Water MarketsJamie Workman, AquaShares and Environmental Defense Fund      
10:00-10:15Coffee Break 
10:15-11:30Evolution of Institutions for Managing Water     Moderator: Tim Fitzgerald, Texas Tech University 

Riparian Rights in the Southeastern USJody Lipford, Presbyterian College

Western Water Wars & Property RightsZack Donohew, U. of Central Arkansas

Governing the Water CommonsSkaidra Smith-Heisters, Arizona State
11:30-11:45Coffee Break 
11:45-1:00Current Water Policy Challenges Moderator: Megan Hansen, Strata

Water in Utah: Institutional, Economic, and Political Options for Reform Grant Patty, Devin Stein, & Brian Isom, Strata & Utah State University

HawaiiJames Roumasset, U. of Hawaii & ChrisWada, U. of Hawaii
Keynote Address: Flint Water CrisisEmily Garner, Virginia Tech
2:30-3:45The Water-Energy NexusModerator: Megan Hansen, Strata 
California’s AqueductZack Donohew, University of Central Arkansas

Fracking & WaterTim Fitzgerald, Texas Tech University

The Desal Watergy NexusJamie Workman, AquaShares & EDF
3:45-7:00Afternoon Break
7:00-7:45Dinner            TBD
7:45-8:30Keynote Address: The Challenges of Improving Water ManagementEric Edwards, Utah State University
8:30-11:00Reception            TBD