It may really be a new era, when markets rather than command-and-control government allocations and restrictions are advocated by progressives to allocate scarce resources. In this case, the argument is especially surprising, since it is arguing for more open water markets. For some reason, water is the last place anyone seems to want to apply pricing signals, something I have written on many times.
There are clear gains from having an active market in water rights. It
would help solve the problems posed by current water shortages in the
West, and it would provide the flexibility necessary to confront the
impact of climate change on water supplies in the coming decades. It
would be, in a word, fluid.