Economic Issues Regarding Water Quality Objectives in the Grassland Basin

by Dennis Wichelns,
Laurie Houston,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


A conceptual framework is presented for evaluating the potential costs and benefits of water quality objectives in the Grassland Basin. The investments and expenditures required to achieve selenium load and concentration objectives are examined, using current estimates of the costs to remove selenium from drainage water and to build facilities for transporting drainage water to the San Joaquin River. The estimated costs provide lower-bound estimates of the benefits needed to offset the costs of imposing the water quality objectives.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Basins | Rangeland | Economic factors | Benefit cost ratios | Drainage | Selenium | Rivers and streams | California | United States

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