Mammoth Water CEO Richael Young and Professor Al Valocchi posed for the water policy paparazzi after sharing their work (with co-authors Tim Foster, Taro Mieno, and Mammoth Water co-founder Nick Brozovic) at the 2019 American Geophysical Union Annual Conference. 📸

Takeaway? Multi-year allocation policies, compared to single-year allocations, provide users more flexibility to respond to drought. However, they come at the cost of higher average and total rates of pumping and stream depletion. Depending on desired management goals, it may be optimal to tailor allocation policies over space or to implement a blended approach.

The peer-reviewed research paper is forthcoming. You can read the full abstract here. Drop us a line if you would like to learn more!