Environmental Economics

Stream Quality Preservation Through Planned Urban Development

The effects of a land use plan to restrict urban development in areas critical to the water resource system are identified through empirical studies. Specifically, relationships are established between amount, density, type, and location of urban development, on the one hand, and stream water quality and stream channel enlargement on the other. The amount of open space with such a plan as compared to that with normal development is determined. Perception of water quality by untrained observers in the field and its relationship to overall site preference is studied and pilot studies are reported concerning the preferences of a sample of observers for various landscape characteristics.
The evaluation of these effects is approached through household surveys designed to determine how use of and preference for stream sites is related to water quality of stream and distance of residence from stream. In addition, the effect of preserved open space on adjacent land values is explored empirically.

  • Keywords

    8. Other Analyses and Reports
    Environmental Media:
    b. Water
    b. Water - Surface
    Coughlin, R.E.
    Hammer, T.R.
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    Study Purpose:
    Empirical Application, Methodology Development & Evaluation
    Inventory Record #: EE-0184
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    Regional Science Research InstituteAddress: P.O. Box 8776
    City: Philadelphia State: PA ZIP: 19101
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    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and MonitoringAddress:
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20460
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    Grant/Contract #:
    16110 DYX
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    Date Linked: 08/25/2017