Water is the most abundant natural resource on the planet, the source of countless ecosystem services, and critical to industrial, agricultural, household, and recreational activities. Research by RFF experts helps inform effective water management policies that account for the value of water and address water quality and sustainability.
Working Paper — Apr 18, 2019
What is a Fish Out of Water? The Economics Behind the Joint Management of Water Resources and Aquatic Species in the United States
This paper reviews the economics literature on management problems involving linked water resources and aquatic species.
Report — Mar 27, 2019
Facing the Nation’s Water Challenges: Results from Resources for the Future’s Roundtable Series
This report follows a series of stakeholder forums held across the country with water experts, spotlighting the nation’s challenges and concerns about managing water resources.
Testimony and Public Comments — Feb 13, 2019
Testimony on the Use of Natural Infrastructure for Watershed Restoration and Water Management
Forest management can actively support water capture and storage, taking advantage of natural infrastructure to protect water sources and restore watersheds.
Workshops & Seminars — Dec 4, 2018
Measuring the Cost: Exploring the Impacts of Water Pollution
Resources for the Future and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future of Cornell University host Measuring the Cost: Exploring the Impacts of Water Pollution.
Workshops & Seminars — Feb 3, 2016
Improving the Federal Response to Western Drought
Experts discussed the role of the federal government in western water and drought management, with a focus on how it can strengthen its partnership with states to better manage drought today and in a warmer, possibly drier, future.
Workshops & Seminars — Apr 10, 2014
Exploring the Local Impacts of Shale Gas Development
During this event, three distinguished scholars discussed their research into the benefits and costs of shale gas development as experienced by local communities.
Press Release — Apr 30, 2019
New Episode from Resources Radio on Protecting Louisiana's Coast, with Denise Reed
Press Release — Mar 27, 2019
Roundtable Meetings across US Underscore Shared National Concerns about Water
Media Highlight — Aug 28, 2018