Supply reliability under climate change: forbearance agreements and measurement of water conserved

Bonnie Colby, Lana Jones, Michael O’Donnell

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6 Scopus citations


Climate change brings about hydrologic changes that include higher seasonal inter-annual and decadal variability in precipitation, streamflow and water in storage. This increased variability poses challenges for those responsible for providing reliable water supplies for urban and environmental needs. A new generation of risk sharing arrangements are being negotiated between owners of high reliability water supplies, often agricultural districts, and urban and environmental water providers. This chapter outlines the features of such arrangements, provides examples of where they are being implemented, discusses the challenges of measuring and monitoring reduced consumptive use on farms and implemented, and elucidates policy recommendations to help support more cost effective arrangements responsive to climate change needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGlobal Issues in Water Policy
Number of pages26
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameGlobal Issues in Water Policy
ISSN (Print)2211-0631
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0658


  • Agricultural consumptive use
  • Climate change
  • Water conservation
  • Water supply
  • Water transfers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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