Environmental Economics

Southwest Energy Study Water Pollution Aspects- Appendix C-2

The Southwest Energy Study was initiated by the Department of the Interior (DI) to evaluate impacts resulting from the projected phased development of up to 30,352 megawatts (MW) of electrical energy to the southwestern region of the United States. The study only evaluates the environmental impact of coal-fired steam electric generating stations constructed on Public or Indian Lands in the Colorado River Basin Region which encompasses virtually all of the State of Arizona, and portions of California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Power plants and mines not located on Public or Indian Lands in this region have not been considered in this study. The activities associated with the energy development lie wholly within the Colorado River Basin. This area is generally characterized by a semiarid to arid climate. The area is sparsely settled but contains a wealth of scenic beauty and has a rich historic and cultural heritage. Because of the extreme aridity of much of the region, it is one of the most sensitive areas in the United States to water pollution problems.

  • Keywords

    1. Benefits Analysis
    5. Distribution and Equity
    1. Benefits Analysis - Quantification without Monetization
    Environmental Media:
    b. Water
    b. Water - Groundwater
    b. Water - Surface
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Carlin, Alan
    Geographic Area:
    Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
    Study Purpose:
    Data Development
    Report Series:
    Southwest Energy Study
    Inventory Record #: EE-0116B
    List of all reports in the Series:
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development and Office of WaterAddress:
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20460
    Phone: Fax:
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    Date Linked: 08/25/2017