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Institutional Design

NHI responds to tomorrow's water management challenges by designing novel governance mechanisms today. NHI has designed innovative water management institutions to:

  • Reoperate reservoirs and bank groundwater to generate environmental flows;

  • Reduce and manage agricultural drainage;

  • Administer and enforce water rights;

  • Allocate responsibility for reductions in diversions;

  • Transfer water across international and interstate boundaries;

  • Transfer water to environmental uses;

  • Provide “biological risk insurance” to enable adaptive management under the Endangered Species Act; and

  • Encourage improvements in the efficiency of agricultural water use through incentive pricing and market opportunities.

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