Environmental Economics

Estimating Water Quality Benefits

The objective of this report is to present a state of the arts summary concerning estimating water quality associated benefits. This summary is viewed as a useful administrative tool to those that have been assigned the task of directing current and future research activity. Insofar as possible, this summary is presented by specific pollutants by beneficial use, devoting special attention to hypothesized and documented use-quality relationships. A discussion of the economic quantification of these relations is also included. The beneficial uses considered include recreation, esthetics, property values and ecology with only limited attention devoted to water quality associated health and production impacts. Specific references and methodologies are discussed with the ultimate objective of providing a state of the arts assessment by beneficial use. This assessment was also useful in deriving conclusions concerning research priorities and possible results of future water quality related research.

  • Keywords

    1. Benefits Analysis
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation
    Environmental Media:
    b. Water
    b. Water - Surface
    Jordening, David L.
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    Study Purpose:
    Empirical Application, Methodology Development & Evaluation
    Report Series:
    Water Pollution Control Benefits
    Inventory Record #: EE-0245
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    Research Organization:

    Development Planning and Research Associates, Inc.Address:
    City: Manhattan State: KS ZIP:
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    Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Monitoring, Implementation Research Division, Economic Analysis BranchAddress:
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20460
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