Sharon B. Megdal
C.W. and Modene Neely Endowed Professor
for Excellence in Agriculture and Life Science; Professor and
Specialist, Agricultural and Resource Economics: Professor,
Soil, Water, and Environmental Science; Director, Water Resources
Research Center; Ph.D., Princeton, 1981; State and Regional
Water Policy and Management
Water Resources Research
Center, 350 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719
Teaching and Research Interests
Dr. Megdal, director of the Water Resources Research Center,
has held a joint appointment with the Department since 2002.
Her work focuses
on state, regional, and transboundary water resources management
and policy, and places
particular emphasis on how to achieve desired policy objectives
in terms of institutional structures and possible changes to
them. She writes a water policy column for the WRRC’s
quarterly newsletter. Current projects include water planning
and management in growing, arid regions and mechanisms to secure
water for environmental needs. Dr. Megdal teaches the multi-disciplinary
graduate course Arizona Water Policy. She serves as an elected
member of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board
of Directors, which oversees the Central Arizona Project. She
also is a member of Arizona Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel
on Water Sustainability. Dr. Megdal has served on numerous state
boards and commissions, including the Arizona Corporation Commission
and the Arizona State Transportation Board. She is
also director of the University of Arizona Water Sustainability
Program. In 2008, she became the first recipient of the C.W.
and Modene Neely Endowed Professorship for Excellence in Agriculture
and Life Science.
Video Featuring Dr. Megdal's Work and Research
Water Resources Research Center
Awards and Honors
C.W. and Modene Neely Endowed Professorship for Excellence in Agriculture
and Life Science
SWES 596B Arizona Water Policy
“Arizona’s Groundwater Savings Recharge Program,” with
Taylor Shipman, Southwest Hydrology, May-June 2008, forthcoming.
Evolution and Evaluation of the Active Management
Area Management Plans, with Zachary Smith and Aaron Lien, Report submitted to the
Arizona Water Institute and the Arizona Department of Water Resources,
January 2008, posted, www.cals.arizona.edu/azwater and www.azwater.gov.
“Conserve to Enhance: Conserve Water to Enhance the Environment,” Arizona
Water Resource, January-February 2008.
"Determinants of Environmental Noncompliance by Public Water
Systems," Contemporary Economic Policy, with Tauhid Rahman,
Satheesh Aradhyula, Mini Kohli and Jackie Moxley, forthcoming,
“Restoration and River Management in the Arid Southwestern
U.S.: Exploring Project Design Trends and Features, with Andrea
Gerlak, Susanna Eden, Kelly Mott Lacroix, and Andrew Schwarz, Water
Policy, forthcoming, 2008.
“Conserve to Enhance: Voluntary Municipal Water Conservation
to Support Environmental Restoration,” with
Andrew Schwarz, Journal of the American Water
Works Association, Volume 100, No. 1, January 2008, 42-53.
Water Conservation Banking: Municipal Water Conservation
to Support Environmental Enhancement, with Andrew
Schwarz, Report submitted to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, December 2007, posted,
“Municipal Water Reuse in Tucson, Arizona,” in M.
K. Zaidi, ed., Wastewater Reuse – Risk Assessment, Decision-Making
and Environmental Security, Springer, AK/Nato Publishing Unit,
“Good Intentions, Unintended Consequences: The Central Arizona
Groundwater Replenishment District,” with
Christopher Avery, Carla Consoli and Robert Glennon, Arizona
Law Review, Vol 49, No. 2, 339-359, Summer
“Arizona’s Recharge and Recovery Programs,” in
Bonnie G. Colby and Katharine L. Jacobs, ed. Arizona
Water Policy: Management Innovations in an Urbanizing, Arid Region, RFF Press,
“The Importance of Water Storage and Recovery in Arizona,” Arizona
Review, University of Arizona Department of Agricultural and Resource
Economics, Vol. 3, Issue 1, Spring 2005.
“Water and the Environment: The Role of Ecosystem Restoration,” Report
on the Annual Conference of the Arizona Water Resources Research
Center, The Water Report, Issue 16, June 15, 2005, pp. 7-14.
“Water Management in the Active Management Areas,” “Water
Supply and Management Beyond the Active Management Areas,” and “Questions
of Water, Growth and Policy,” Co-authored Chapters 6,7 and
11, respectively, in Arizona’s Water Future: Challenges
and Opportunities, Background Report prepared for the 85th Arizona
Town Hall, October 2004.
“Managing to Avoid Crisis: A Look at Water Management Efforts
in Rural Arizona,” with Jacqueline Moxley, Arizona
Review, University of Arizona Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics,
“The Benefits of State Regulation,” in American
Regulatory Federalism and Telecommunications Infrastructure, edited by Paul Teske, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., 1995,
Megdal, Sharon B. “On Regulation, Deregulation, and Economics,” The
Energy Journal 10, July 1989, 181–195.
Megdal, Sharon B. “The Flypaper Effect Revisited: An Econometric
Explanation,” The Review of Economics
and Statistics 69,
May 1987, 347–351.