Estimating the value of water in alternative uses

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Many public and private decisions regarding water use, allocation, and management require estimation of water's value in alternative uses. This paper discusses economic concepts essential in valuing water, outlines and compares market and nonmarket based approaches used to estimate water values, and reviews the application of these methodologies for valuing water in instream, irrigation, municipal and industrial uses in the western US. -Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNatural Resources Journal
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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Colby, B. G. (1989). Estimating the value of water in alternative uses. In Natural Resources Journal (2 ed., Vol. 29, pp. 511-527)