Market Insight

07/31/2020 CWCB Releases ATM Status Report

WestWater Research recently led an assessment of the past 15 years of effort by the Colorado water community and state government in developing water transfers that do not result in the permanent loss of irrigated lands. These Alternative Transfer Methods... Read More 

WestWater Research recently led an assessment of the past 15 years of effort by the Colorado water community and state government in developing water transfers that do not result in the permanent loss of irrigated lands. These Alternative Transfer Methods (or ATMs) have found some success but there remain long-known hurdles to greater adoption and utilization in the Colorado water market. The project team provides several recommendations on how state government can work to expand use of ATMs, but also highlights the need to expand the toolkit of activities that are being pursued by the state in order to address the loss of irrigated lands due to water transfers.

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07/06/2020 WestWater Welcomes New Staff in California and Colorado

WestWater is pleased to announce and welcome several new employees to our team.  Claire MaddenEllen YeatmanPeter Tomlin Claire Madden, Research Associate Sacramento, California Claire Madden has joined our California office in Sacramento as a Research Associate, and will be focused... Read More 

WestWater is pleased to announce and welcome several new employees to our team. 

Claire Madden, Research Associate
Sacramento, California

Claire Madden has joined our California office in Sacramento as a Research Associate, and will be focused on water market analysis, economic and financial modeling, and transaction research. 

Ms. Madden holds a BSc in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont, where she focused on ecological economics and food systems, culminating in an honors thesis analyzing the economic inefficiencies of water rights allocation structures in the United States. In 2020, Claire earned an MSc in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where her focus was in freshwater management and environmental economics. As a recipient of the Sustainable Water Markets Fellowship at the Bren School, Claire has had the opportunity to investigate a multitude of intricacies related to water transactions and water market design that generate both economic and environmental returns. Claire’s graduate work included analyzing how water risk translates to economic risk for farmers and farm lenders in California’s Central Valley, how global trends in groundwater levels over the past half-century may inform best management practices, and how the implementation of SGMA may provide more opportunities to re-envision water management strategies in California. 

Ellen Yeatman, Summer Associate
Fort Collins, Colorado

Ellen Yeatman has been chosen to serve an associate internship with WestWater’s Fort Collins Colorado office, where she will perform market research and assist with client projects, including valuation reports, economic studies, and policy planning efforts.

Ellen holds a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in chemistry and microbiology from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.  She has worked professionally as a water quality field technician for the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Watershed Protection Program with the Surface Water Monitoring Team.

In 2020, Ms. Yeatman earned her M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics with a concentration in Water Resources from the University of Wyoming. While completing her degree, Ellen worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for the University’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics studying voluntary, temporary, and compensated reductions in agricultural water use in the Colorado River Basin. For her thesis research, Ellen worked with Professor Kristi Hansen to create a linear optimization model of wetland, return flow, and financial tradeoffs of compensated agricultural water conservation in the Wyoming-portion of the Colorado River Basin.  Ellen developed the model through speaking and working with ranchers directly and understands the on-the-ground water quality and quantity management challenges facing the Colorado River Basin, and other basins across the arid West.

Peter Tomlin, Summer Associate
Fort Collins, Colorado

Peter Tomlin has accepted a position as an Associate Intern with WestWater Research and will spend this fall working in the firm’s Fort Collins, Colorado office.

Peter holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He also received his B.E. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. 

Previously, Peter worked for McNally Capital, a Chicago-based private investment firm that partners with family offices and high net worth investors to make direct investments. Peter spent most of his time pursuing an investment thesis on the water/energy nexus and evaluated numerous transactions in the water and wastewater sectors. Prior to McNally Capital, Peter was a field engineer with Schlumberger and has experience working across five continents.

More About Summer Associates

WestWater’s Summer Associate program is a three-month internship open to qualified graduate and undergraduate students who have an interest in studying Resource or Agricultural Economics, Economics, Finance, Business, or a related field. The program is an ideal opportunity for those who are seeking professional experience in water rights marketing, water asset valuation, water project consulting, and water resource investments. 

About WestWater Research

WestWater Research is the leading economic consulting firm providing valuation, market analysis, planning, and transaction advisory services to the water resources sector.  We offer a national reach with five regional offices that connect strong relationships across the water resource and financial industries.

WestWater is the exclusive data provider for the Nasdaq-Veles California Water Index (NQH2O), which tracks the spot price for California water entitlements. The Index, the first of its kind, benchmarks the price of water in a way that supports price discovery and allows for the creation of a tradable financial instrument to manage financial exposure associated with water supply risk. 

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06/16/2020 Q2 2020 Water Market Insider

Supply & Demand: An Update on California’s Spot-Market Responses to Hydrologic, Institutional, and Management Indicators The current issue of The Water Market Insider explores how the spot-market price of water observed across California responds to certain hydrologic, institutional, and management... Read More 

Supply & Demand: An Update on California’s Spot-Market

Responses to Hydrologic, Institutional, and Management Indicators

The current issue of The Water Market Insider explores how the spot-market price of water observed across California responds to certain hydrologic, institutional, and management indicators. Prices are found to respond to water scarcity, which is driven by natural factors, policy decisions, and water management. Price transparency in California’s water market has increased significantly with the launch of the Nasdaq Veles California Water Index (NQH2O), a first of its kind index that provides a benchmark for the spot-market price of water rights transacted across the state.

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06/16/2020 Podcast: Ripple Effect

06: To Market, To Market Brett Bovee was recently a guest on a new water podcast called Ripple Effects hosted by Emily Lewis. This edition of the podcast focused on water markets, transactions, and considerations for developing water bank frameworks.... Read More 

06: To Market, To Market

Brett Bovee was recently a guest on a new water podcast called Ripple Effects hosted by Emily Lewis. This edition of the podcast focused on water markets, transactions, and considerations for developing water bank frameworks.

Listen to the entire podcast here

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02/26/2020 Join us in Sacramento on March 18th

California Annual Water Market Outlook and Reception: The Role of Financial and Technology Innovations in US Water Markets If you are in the Sacramento area on Wednesday, March 18th, WestWater invites you to attend the California Annual Water Market Outlook... Read More 

California Annual Water Market Outlook and Reception:

The Role of Financial and Technology Innovations in US Water Markets

If you are in the Sacramento area on Wednesday, March 18th, WestWater invites you to attend the California Annual Water Market Outlook and Reception.  We will be discussing western US market fundamentals and overall performance during 2019, as well as what developments we can expect in 2020. Leading experts from Nasdaq and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) will be joining the discussion with insight on the acceleration water risk management through innovative new financial products and open-source trading platforms.  

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02/25/2020 Join us in Phoenix on March 19th

Arizona Annual Water Market Outlook and Reception: The Role of Financial and Technology Innovations in US Water Markets If you are in the Phoenix area on Thursday, March 19th, WestWater invites you to attend the Arizona Annual Water Market Outlook... Read More 

Arizona Annual Water Market Outlook and Reception:

The Role of Financial and Technology Innovations in US Water Markets

If you are in the Phoenix area on Thursday, March 19th, WestWater invites you to attend the Arizona Annual Water Market Outlook and Reception.  We will be discussing western US market fundamentals and overall performance during 2019, as well as what developments we can expect in 2020. Leading experts from Nasdaq and the City of Phoenix will be joining the discussion with insight on the acceleration of water risk management through innovative new financial products and market exchange platforms.  

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02/25/2020 2020 Summer Associate Opportunity

WestWater Research is currently seeking qualified graduate students for our 2020 Graduate Summer Associate Position.  This position provides exposure and applied experience in water resource valuation, financial modeling, and water market transactions and research. As a Summer Associate, qualified candidates have... Read More 

WestWater Research is currently seeking qualified graduate students for our 2020 Graduate Summer Associate Position. 

This position provides exposure and applied experience in water resource valuation, financial modeling, and water market transactions and research. As a Summer Associate, qualified candidates have the unique opportunity to spend three months working with leading experts in the water resources sector. WestWater has a tradition of hiring interns upon graduation and is actively seeking early-stage professionals interested in developing a career with the company. 

The Summer Associate position is competitive and based on applicants’ qualifications, ability to communicate information and concepts, and follow instructions and processes. 

Complete application packages are due by March 27, 2020.

For a detailed position description and application instructions, please review the link below.  

2020 Summer Associate Description

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01/21/2020 Q1 2020 Water Market Insider

Instream Capital: An Update on Environmental Water Markets Stability, Creativity, and the Need for Capital in the Environmental Water Market Environmental water markets are an important part of regional water planning and instream flow protection that largely did not exist... Read More 

Instream Capital: An Update on Environmental Water Markets

Stability, Creativity, and the Need for Capital in the Environmental Water Market

Environmental water markets are an important part of regional water planning and instream flow protection that largely did not exist 20 years ago. Over the last two decades, environmental water trading has expanded with transactions now reported in every western state. Despite this growth, market activity in recent years has stabilized in terms of both trading volume and total value transacted annually. This issue of the Water Market Insider examines the development and stabilization of environmental water trading and the issues affecting the further expansion of the market.

Read the full issue here

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10/14/2019 WestWater Expands to Northern California

Bryce McAteer Sacramento, CA - WestWater Research, a leading provider of water marketing, water asset valuation, and transaction services is pleased to announce that Bryce McAteer will establish the firm’s newest location in Sacramento, California. Prior to joining WestWater, Bryce... Read More 
Bryce McAteer
Bryce McAteer

Sacramento, CA – WestWater Research, a leading provider of water marketing, water asset valuation, and transaction services is pleased to announce that Bryce McAteer will establish the firm’s newest location in Sacramento, California.

Prior to joining WestWater, Bryce served as the Executive Director for Eastern Tule Groundwater Sustainability Agency, an 8-member Joint Powers Authority formed to implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act within its 160,000-acre jurisdiction. Bryce previously worked as a Business Analyst at International Farming Corporation LLC, an alternative investment manager based in North Carolina focused on food and agriculture and has also held positions at Environmental Defense Fund and the Nicholas Institute where he focused on developing SGMA-facilitated groundwater markets.

Bryce McAteer stated, “I am excited to be joining the exceptional team here at WestWater Research and continuing to expand their already well-established California presence with the founding of their new Sacramento Office. California’s communities face numerous and growing water challenges, from the novel implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act to recurrent supply shortages that threaten long-term reliability. It is my pleasure to be joining alongside the expertise at WestWater as we assist clients of all sorts in successfully navigating their unique challenges and achieving their project goals.”

Bryce graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Duke University where he earned his A.B. in Environmental Sciences and Policy. Bryce frequently serves on panels and committees addressing issues related to water resources management. During his career, Bryce has advised 40+ public agencies on water policy development.

McAteer will be responsible for new business development and project management for WestWater throughout Northern California. 

Clay Landry, WestWater’s Managing Director, adds “Bryce will greatly add to our team with his extensive background in California water issues.”

Bryce can be reached at WestWater’s Sacramento Office.

500 Capitol Mall, Suite 2350

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 426-6386

mcateer@waterexchange.com

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10/12/2019 WestWater Hosts Visiting Water Market Scholar from National University of Singapore

Maitreyee Mukherjee WestWater Research has invited collaborating researcher and Ph.D. Candidate Maitreyee Mukherjee to spend time with the firm’s Arizona office this Fall. Maitreyee’s Ph.D. thesis aims to examine ways of implementing water market principles to improve urban water resource... Read More 
Maitreyee Mukherjee

WestWater Research has invited collaborating researcher and Ph.D. Candidate Maitreyee Mukherjee to spend time with the firm’s Arizona office this Fall.

Maitreyee’s Ph.D. thesis aims to examine ways of implementing water market principles to improve urban water resource management, focusing on two key motivations- efficient resource allocation and sustainable use.

With a background in biosciences and environmental management, Maitreyee Mukherjee’s interests lie broadly in the area of environmental policies. Her prior work exposure as a research associate at the Institute of Water Policy, NUS had included projects in urban water management, water pricing, river basin management, and pollution governance in large water bodies.

Beyond academics, Ms. Mukherjee’s passion lies in traveling, hiking, exploring new places, swimming, gardening, along with spending quality family time. Being an Indian, she also harbors an inherent love for food, people and diverse cultures.

Ms. Mukherjee holds an MSc. In Environmental Management from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

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