COMPETING WATER USES IN THE SOUTHWESTERN UNITED STATES: VALUING DROUGHT DAMAGES

James F. Booker, Bonnie G. Colby

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Economic benefit functions of water resource use are estimated for all major offstream and instream uses of Colorado River water. Specific benefit estimates are developed for numerous agricultural regions, for municipal uses, and for cooling water in thermal energy generation. Economic benefits of hydropower generation are given, as are those for recreation on Colorado River reservoirs and on one free‐flowing reach. Marginal and total benefit estimates for Colorado River water use are provided. The estimates presented here represent a synthesis of previous work, providing in total a comprehensive set of economic demand functions for competing uses of Colorado River water. Non‐use values (e.g., benefits of preserving endangered species) are not estimated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)877-888
Number of pages12
JournalJAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1995

Keywords

  • drought
  • economic benefits
  • hydropower
  • irrigation
  • municipal water demand
  • recreation
  • salinity
  • water demand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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