Market Insight

01/18/2017 Q1 2017 Water Market Insider: 2017 Water Market Outlook

There is money to be made in the water market, but it does not always come easy. Growing demands for water supplies across the United States has given further focus to water rights as an asset.  Over the past ten years, the... Read More 

There is money to be made in the water market, but it does not always come easy. Growing demands for water supplies across the United States has given further focus to water rights as an asset.  Over the past ten years, the water rights market has become an increasingly attractive private investment, but water transactions are often complex for many reasons. The current issue of the Water Market Insider  discusses the ever growing water market and the financial, environmental, and regulatory factors that influence this burgeoning commodity.

Read the full issue here.

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01/05/2017 WestWater Intern Explores Water Credit Trading Idea in Eastern Idaho

Last summer, WestWater intern Ryan Shepler conducted an analysis of different ways that groundwater irrigators in Eastern Idaho could meet groundwater use reduction obligations imposed by a 2015 settlement agreement with senior-priority surface water users.  An on-farm crop budget analysis... Read More 

Last summer, WestWater intern Ryan Shepler conducted an analysis of different ways that groundwater irrigators in Eastern Idaho could meet groundwater use reduction obligations imposed by a 2015 settlement agreement with senior-priority surface water users.  An on-farm crop budget analysis showed that a credit trading program could provide economic efficiency across the groundwater districts as a way to isolate the reduction obligation to the lowest value crops and lands. WestWater presented the findings of the analysis to IGWA at their most recent board meeting.

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11/02/2016 WestWater Expands to Northern Washington

Edmonds, WA - WestWater Research, a leading provider of water marketing, water asset valuation, and transaction services is pleased to announce that Erik Borgen has joined the firm as the Northwest Regional Director. Borgen will be responsible for new business... Read More 

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Edmonds, WA – WestWater Research, a leading provider of water marketing, water asset valuation, and transaction services is pleased to announce that Erik Borgen has joined the firm as the Northwest Regional Director. Borgen will be responsible for new business development and project management for WestWater throughout Washington, Oregon, and Northern California.

Mr. Borgen brings to WestWater over ten years of experience working with water rights, water transactions and hydrology on projects throughout the western US.

Erik has led efforts in strategic planning, valuation and due diligence for water rights acquisition and mitigation banking programs throughout the Northwest. His work for impact investors, non-profit organizations, and government clients has focused on understanding the reliability of water rights and modeling the hydrological impact of administrative changes to those water rights. Erik has completed multiple water bank and alternative water transfer methods feasibility studies, including the development of demand estimates, analysis of potential supply sources and analysis of mitigation credit pricing. Additionally, he has experience in assessing climate change risk to water rights.

Erik Borgen stated, “I am very excited for the opportunity to join WestWater and leverage my background along with WestWater’s vast expertise and resources in water rights valuation, transactions and water resource economics to help clients throughout the region with their complex water transfer needs.”

Erik holds a JD from Willamette University College of Law, an MBA from Willamette’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management, and a BA from Dartmouth College in Geography. He was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2005.  Prior to joining WestWater, Erik worked for Ecosystem Economics completing a wide array of water rights transaction-related analyses and projects.

Clay Landry, WestWater’s Managing Director, adds “Erik brings a strong background in environmental water markets and water mitigation trading that will allow WestWater to better serve our Northwest clients as well as continue our company’s commitment to streamflow protection through market-based solutions.”

Erik can be reached at WestWater’s Northwest Office.

Tel: (425) 563-8450
144 Railroad Avenue
Suite 232
Edmonds, WA 98020
borgen@waterexchange.com

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08/29/2016 Viviane Baji joins WestWater Research

PHOENIX, Arizona – WestWater Research is pleased to announce that Viviane Baji has joined the company’s Phoenix, Arizona office as a Research Analyst. Viviane comes to WestWater with applied research experience in water resource management, economic cost-benefit analysis, and other... Read More 

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PHOENIX, Arizona – WestWater Research is pleased to announce that Viviane Baji has joined the company’s Phoenix, Arizona office as a Research Analyst.

Viviane comes to WestWater with applied research experience in water resource management, economic cost-benefit analysis, and other areas of environmental and natural resource economics.  Viviane will serve clients by performing rigorous economic and market analysis.  Her work will support decision-making and keep clients informed regarding current trends in US water markets.

“WestWater Research is the premiere research organization working to examine western water markets and address knowledge gaps,” says Viviane. “I am excited to contribute meaningfully to the advancement of water market analysis while learning about the water industry.”

She holds dual degrees with Honors in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and Business Economics with a minor in Environmental Studies from Utah State University.  At Utah State University, Viviane established and led an active Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Club that obtained grant funding and performed economic studies addressing pertinent issues in Utah’s Cache Valley.

“We are excited to welcome Viviane to the WestWater team,” says WestWater Research Managing Director Clay Landry.  “We are confident that her education and experience will be an asset to the company and an invaluable resource for our clients.”

Founded in 2001, WestWater Research is the leading economic consulting firm providing valuation, market analysis, planning, and transaction advisory services to the water resources sector. Our reputation has been earned through completing over $700 million in transaction advisory and valuation services. With offices in four states (ID, WA, AZ, CO), our team has over fifty years of experience in the water sector.

The Southwest office of WestWater Research was established in 2011 and serves as the company’s research and analysis center.

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08/26/2016 WestWater is hiring in Colorado

WestWater Research is seeking qualified applicants for a Research Associate position in the field of water resource economics and finance in our Fort Collins office. The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting water market research and water right valuation... Read More 

WestWater Research is seeking qualified applicants for a Research Associate position in the field of water resource economics and finance in our Fort Collins office. The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting water market research and water right valuation and financial analysis on company and client projects. The position may also be responsible for managing 2 to 3 member teams to complete projects.

Click here for a full job description and application instructions.

 

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08/24/2016 WestWater Attends 2016 Tribal Water Summit in Fort Hall, Idaho

Fort Hall, Idaho - The Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Water Resources Department recently hosted a one-day summit on Tribal water management issues in Fort Hall, Idaho.  The first annual conference focused on developing water management programs and Tribal water marketing. The summit... Read More 

Fort Hall, Idaho – The Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Water Resources Department recently hosted a one-day summit on Tribal water management ShoshoneTWRD_LowRezissues in Fort Hall, Idaho.  The first annual conference focused on developing water management programs and Tribal water marketing.

The summit was attended by Tribal leaders, water managers and water policy experts, attorneys, and engineers whom all shared the same common goal.  The common goal was a collaborative discussion of the challenges and opportunities encountered by tribes as they manage water and water resources.

Tribal leaders and industry experts discussed the successful implementation of Tribal water management programs and included tribal representatives Elese Teton of the Shoshone-Bannock Water Resources Department; Titus Takes Gun of the Crow Tribe Water Resources Department and Jim Manion from Warm Springs Power and Water Enterprise. Presentations from other industry experts included Woldezion Mesghinna of Natural Resources Consulting Engineers (NRCE), Mason Morisset, Special Water rights legal counsel for the Quechan Tribe (Fort Yuma), and Brett Bovee, the Intermountain Regional Director for WestWater Research.

The sponsors of the 2016 Tribal Water Summit would like to thank all presenters and attendees for participating in the first annual conference of this type, and we look forward to future collaborations.

Elese Teton of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Water Resources Department spoke to the Capital Press about potential water quality restrictions and the need for efficiency.  Click here for the full story

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08/23/2016 Headwaters Summer 2016: Accounting for Water

WestWater Regional Director Brett Bovee was featured in the Summer 2016 issue of Headwaters Magazine where he discusses the Colorado water market and how market prices and values are determined. Headwaters Magazine is published by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education to help promote... Read More 

BrettBovee-8webWestWater Regional Director Brett Bovee was featured in the Summer 2016 issue of Headwaters Magazine where he discusses the Colorado water market and how market prices and values are determined.

Headwaters Magazine is published by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education to help promote better understanding of Colorado’s water resources and issues by providing balanced and accurate information and education. The CFWE  has been promoting  its mission through the production of high-quality educational tools and experiences since 2002.

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07/26/2016 WestWater to Co-Chair California Water Law Conference: October 25-26

WestWater Research is pleased to be a part of an insightful water conference exploring the importance of water management issues in California. Clay Landry and Matt Payne will serve as co-chairs of the upcoming seminar produced by The Seminar Group taking place... Read More 

WestWater Research is pleased to be a part of an insightful water conference exploring the importance of water management issues in California. Clay Landry and Matt Payne will serve as co-chairs of the upcoming seminar produced by The Seminar Group taking place on October 25th – 26th in Los Angeles, California. The conference will provide insight into a variety of topics related to water management including a focus on water markets and the role of private capital in funding water supply projects.

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07/18/2016 The Water Report features the 2016 Tribal Water Summit

Over the past four decades, tribal water rights have continued to be resolved to provide tribes in the Western states with firm quantities of water to use on their reservation lands and also to lease off-reservation. The quantified but under-utilized... Read More 

Over the past four decades, tribal water rights have continued to be resolved to provide tribes in the Western states with firm quantities of water to use on their reservation lands and also to lease off-reservation. The quantified but under-utilized water rights of tribes represent an important and often over-looked aspect of Western water management. These tribal water marketing transactions provide a means for reallocating water throughout the West so that it will be put to the most valuable uses. The recent article released by The Water Report, gives some context for tribal water marketing, looking at common tribal perspectives towards marketing their hard-fought water rights and how tribal water marketing has come to be utilized. The story of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes is presented as a case study in tribal water marketing.

The Water Report provides some context for tribal water marketing, looking at common tribal perspectives towards marketing their hard-fought water rights and how tribal water marketing has come to be utilized. While realizing that every tribe has unique circumstances, the story of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes is presented as a case study in tribal water marketing.

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06/28/2016 Policy Reforms for California’s Water Market Calls for More Information

All markets trade on information – which is the foundation for a set of policy recommendations recently released by the Environmental Defense Fund for reforming California’s water market to help alleviate the drought’s impact on the environment and make the state’s cities... Read More 

edf_logo_600x600All markets trade on information – which is the foundation for a set of policy recommendations recently released by the Environmental Defense Fund for reforming California’s water market to help alleviate the drought’s impact on the environment and make the state’s cities and rural communities more resilient to climate change. The policy reforms call for more market information and greater transparency to stimulate water sharing through market mechanism.

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