June 27, 2022

WestWater Welcomes Summer Associates in Arizona and Colorado

Joey Blumberg

Fort Collins, Colorado

Joey is a third year PhD student in Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University. He has a M.S. in Applied Economics and Policy Analysis and a B.S. in Agribusiness Economics and Management from the University of Arizona.

Joey says his interest in water markets specifically stems from the distinctive economic features of water commodities, “Water is highly mobile, its quality is variable, it is costly to extract and transport, institutional arrangements are convoluted, and it is essential for all life. The efficiency of overall water use invariably depends on the efficiency of markets, so I am keenly interested in both the valuation of water and what stakeholders consider when investing.”

Zach Bateski

Fort Collins, Colorado

Zach recently graduated with a B.S. in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics with a minor in Agricultural Business from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Zach says that he has always had a profound interest in water, which is largely due to his love of fly-fishing, “I’m eager to gain experience and knowledge as a Water Resource Economics and Finance Research Analyst in order to effectively aid West Water Research in enabling sustainable water practices through economic consulting.”

Charlotte Arnao

Phoenix, Arizona

Charlotte is entering her junior year at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where she is earning her undergraduate degree in BioResource and Agricultural Engineering. Her coursework at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo includes Principles of Irrigation, which covers topics such as water rights and California water projects. Many of Charlotte’s studies involve data collection and data analysis. She is interested in developing economical and environmentally friendly uses of water resources.