Methodologies to Estimate Instream Benefits for Use in Water Allocation

by Basil Hamdan, Colorado State Univ, United States,
H. J. Morel-Seytoux, Colorado State Univ, United States,
Marshall Flug, Colorado State Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: National Water Conference

Abstract: In the 'utility valuation' approach, the recreational experience possible at given flow levels is examined to derive a utility that the resource provides to the users. In this paper the utility valuation approach is further explored. The aim is to derive benefit functions that will reflect the public's potential to engage in a specific recreational activity. Economic gains associated with flow levels are not considered of primary importance. The paper assesses methodologies, then develops a case study of fishing.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Case studies | Economic factors | Water-based recreation | Water use | Streamflow | River flow

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