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  • The carrot or the stick? Drivers of California farmer support for varying groundwater management policies.

    Author(s) : Niles, M. T.Wagner, C. R. H.

    Author Affiliation : Food Systems Program, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405, USA.

    Author Email : mtniles@uvm.edu

    Journal article : Environmental Research Communications 2019 Vol.1 No.4 pp.045001 ref.many

    Abstract : Growing demand for groundwatergroundwaterSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , coupled with the projected threats to groundwater supplies and impacts, has led to an increased focus on policy options for groundwater management. Globally, agriculture is the largest human-use of water, making farmers a critical stakeholder for policy engagement. In CaliforniacaliforniaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    , the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), a comprehensive groundwater policy, was signed into law in 2014. Here we explore farmer perspectives of groundwater availability and groundwater management policy preferences through a mail survey of farmers (n=137) in Yolo County, California, implemented in 2017. Overall, farmers expressed widespread concern for the five applicable 'undesirable results' considered under SGMA and the majority of farmers felt that these conditions were either occurring now or were likely to occur in the next ten years. The majority of farmers were supportive of individual or incentive-based policy options to address groundwater concerns (e.g. voluntary adoption of water managementwater managementSubject Category: Disciplines, Occupations and Industries
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    practices). However, a sizable group of farmers were also supportive of regulatory-based policy options (e.g. moratorium on drilling new wells). Multivariate regression models suggest that for both kinds of policies, individual support for SGMA positively predicts groundwater management policy support. However, for regulatory-based policies, subjective norms - a farmers' belief that the majority of other farmers support SGMA is also an important predictor of regulatory policy approaches along with a number of other factors. These results suggest that, should regulatory approaches for SGMA implementation be necessary, fostering subjective norms among farmers may be an important mechanism to achieving farmer support.

    ISSN : 2515-7620

    DOI : 10.1088/2515-7620/ab1778

    Record Number : 20193345066

    Publisher : IOP Publishing Ltd

    Location of publication : Bristol

    Country of publication : UK

    Language of text : English

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    Descriptor(s) : agricultural policyagricultural policySubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , farmers' attitudesfarmers' attitudesSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , groundwatergroundwaterSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , regulationsregulationsSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , support measuressupport measuresSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , water managementwater managementSubject Category: Disciplines, Occupations and Industries
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    , water policywater policySubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , stakeholdersstakeholdersSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    Identifier(s) : rules, United States of America, water resource management

    Geographical Location(s) : CaliforniacaliforniaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    , USAusaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    Broader term(s) : Pacific States of USApacific states of usaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    , Western States of USAwestern states of usaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    , USAusaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    , APEC countriesapec countriesSubject Category: Institutions and Organisations
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    , Developed Countriesdeveloped countriesSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , North Americanorth americaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    , AmericaamericaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    , OECD Countriesoecd countriesSubject Category: Institutions and Organisations
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