Cost Effectiveness and Incremental Cost Analyses for Environmental Planning

by William Hansen,
Kenneth Orth,
Ridgley Robinson,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The objective of this paper is to present an approach for evaluating alternative plans for environmental restoration and mitigation. After discussing problems that currently preclude the use of benefit-cost analysis for such evaluation, the analytical approaches of cost effectiveness and incremental cost analyses will be presented; including discussion of data requirements and application, as well as guidelines for interpreting the results to inform decision making. A list of available resources, including instructional manuals and software, is also provided.

Subject Headings: Benefit cost ratios | Data analysis | Mitigation and remediation | Ecological restoration | Decision making | Computer software

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