Competing Water Uses in the Southwestern United-States: Valuing Drought Damages
|Title||Competing Water Uses in the Southwestern United-States: Valuing Drought Damages|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1995|
|Authors||Booker JF, Colby BG|
|Journal||Water Resources Bulletin|
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.