Publications, Papers, and Reports
Please see CV for complete listing.
- DARCA Ditch Company Planning; John McKenzie, DARCA and John Wiener ~ DARCA2015AtmsWorskhopsSurveyThemes16Jan16Rev.doc In 2014, the Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance held 4 workshops on Ditch and Reservoir Company Planning, around Colorado. In 2015 there were two workshops Alternative Water Transfers Mechanisms - ways to share water without "buy-and-dry" transfers ending irrigation -- on the East Slope and then an extended workshop at the Colorado Water Congress January 2016 annual meeting, with superb presenters. The slide sets will be accessible on the website www.darca.org. These are the reports to funders and the public on our findings from surveys and discussion with participants. We are making them available because of the range of issues identified in the Planning report, and the forward-thinking concerns with issues not well-researched, in the Alternative Water Transfers Mechanisms (ATMs) report. The open-ended surveys used questions developed by Wiener, McKenzie, and for the ATMs, we had insightful assistance from Brett Bovee, P.E., who is Intermountain Director for WestWater Research. Context for this activity is provided in Colorado's Water Plan, 2015.
- Jumping the Ditch - About the State Water Plan, Climate Change, and Agriculture. John D. Wiener, January, 2016
DeLong, C., R. Cruse, and J. Wiener, 2015, The Soil Degradation Paradox: Compromising Our Resources When We Need Them the Most. Sustainability 2015, Vol. 7: 866-879. (doi: 10 3390/su7010866.) (Open Access).
John Wiener contributed to this excellent review by Catherine DeLong and Dr. Richard Cruse, Iowa State, of the world soil crisis. It is published as open access in Sustainability, 2015.
- AWRA 2012 SUMMER SPECIALTY CONFERENCE, Riparian Ecosystems IV: Advancing Science, Economics and Policy, Denver, Colorado
This reviewed proceedings paper would normally be copyrighted by the American Water Resources Association, but is not in this case because Dr. Sassenrath is a Federal employee. The Association has made available on its website the rest of the proceedings from the conference, for a limited time, and they are recommended. The Association puts on very high-quality conferences.
- Re-Vision of a Western U.S. Irrigation Area: Review of the U.S. Agricultural Context and Relevant Factors
- Note on Property Rights in the U.S. and Mountains
Essay written for a project on the state of development in U.S. mountains, November 2011.
- Drought, Climate Change, and Colorado's Policy Discussion: Participation or Procrastination?
Universities Council On Water Resources 2007 Annual Meeting Presentation - Extended Abstract. Posted with permission and minor editing and footnote updates, December 2008.
- Next Steps for the Water Bank (2005)
This is a short summary of what went wrong with the Arkansas Basin Water Bank Pilot Project, and suggestions for what might work in the next effort. Colorado is considering a West Slope water bank for water rights that pre-date the Colorado River Compact, so this topic has come up again in 2012-2013. Recommendations now would be more forceful about the need to provide "permanence" for municipal partners, and long-term financing for more flexible and sustainable agriculture. Recent presentations on this website cover those arguments.
- Considerations for Agriculture to Urban Water Transfers
The Report of the Water Transfer Guidelines Committee of the Arkansas Basin Roundtable was submitted to the Basin Roundable in September of 2008, and adoption was proposed for the October meeting. It is the product of the whole committee over two years of discussion, often for one and a half days a month. It is posted here to provide access, because it is a substantial piece of work which advances thinking about water transfer impacts and mitigation.
- "Who Wants to Know What and When? Study of Weather and Climate Information Use and Potential Applications in Colorado, Focusing on Agricultural Water Management in Southeast Colorado and the Decision Calendar" -- Edited Version of Final Report to NOAA HDGCR Program (05/20/04), on COLORADO portion of project; preface added 2008
- Moving Toward Climate-Responsive Water Management – Short Summaries
- Decision Support, Climate and Weather, and other Information on the Web
- Three Additional Forms of Water Transfer
- Suggested Principles for Water Transfer Institution Design
- Crisis/Opportunity for Ditches and Why It Matters
- Problems with the Arkansas River Basin Water Bank Pilot Program
- Farm-Level Feasibility of New Forms of Water Transfer
- Water Lease Rate Calculator – an Excel Spreadsheet Decision Support Tool
- Progress Report on Inquiry Into Biological Issues in Water Transfers
- Progress Report on Inquiry into Socio-economic Issues in Improved Water Transfers
- Table of Water Transfer Alternatives – Different Goals, Different Tools