IamA water economist from California. Ask me anything about drought and water management in the Western US
Bio: Hi I'm David Zetland. I lived most of my life in NorCal. I got my PhD at UC Davis (dissertation on the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California) and did a postdoc at UC Berkeley. I've traveled in 90 countries and live in Amsterdam. I've written two books on water policy (The End of Abundance and Living with Water Scarcity) and written 5,000 blog posts on water at aguanomics. I've given dozens of talks to public and academic audiences and taught environmental and resource economics in three countries. I've been a redditor for 6 years (mostly since Digg stuffed it), and I spend a LOT of time trying to help people see the deeper causes and trends in the water world.
The current drought has been in the news a lot. AMA about farmers wasting water (not), unmetered water (scandal), the politicians who fight to bring water to their communities, whether you should flush, etc.
[I have lots of opinions on many aspects of water, in the US and everywhere else, so fire away if that's interesting to you...]
EDIT: I made three videos discussing the drought and water in the western US with Paul Wyrwoll of the Global Water Forum, which is based out of Australia:
Edit3: Fuck. Just saw that the Ukrainians shot down a passenger plane that took off from here! I did some water consulting in Ukraine about 14 months ago. Totally incompetent, totally corrupt leaders. Those poor people :(
Edit4: OK -- it's been 6 hours. I'm taking the night off (11pm here), BUT I'll be back in the AM, so upvote good questions! Thanks for all the awesome questions!
Edit5: Ok, folks. I'm done. Amazing questions. Stop by my blog. If you want to understand how all these water flows fit together and how policy can deliver sustainable economic outcomes, then read my book. It's only $5 :)
Edit6 (17 Aug): My book is now available for free download here