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Economics and Ecological Risk Assessment

Applications to Watershed Management, 1st Edition

Edited by Randall J. F. Bruins, Matthew T. Heberling

CRC Press

472 pages | 62 B/W Illus.

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With contributions from a wide array of economists, ecologists, and government agency professionals, Economics and Ecological Risk Assessment: Applications to Watershed Management provides a multidisciplinary approach to environmental decision-making at a watershed level. It introduces the fields of ecological risk assessment (ERA) and economic analysis and discusses their application to the practice of watershed management. The book presents a general framework for the integration of ERA and economic analysis to improve environmental management in a diversity of watersheds.

Focusing on real-world decisions, this book describes studies conducted in six U.S. watersheds where both ecological and economic analyses were needed. Decision contexts for these studies include negotiations to satisfy Endangered Species Act requirements, natural resource damage assessment, Clean Water Act permitting, and community development planning. The success of ecological-economic integration in each study, and the contribution to decision making, is critically examined.

Reviews

"Ecologists would do well to read this book, examine its case studies, and seriously consider their implications for ecological research and assessment."

-- Glenn Suter, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

"…This volume, uniquely in my experience, brings together a conceptual framework for combining economic valuation and ecological risk assessment…provides some context for the whole effort within the institutional realities of American environmental management agencies."

-- Alan Randall, Department of Agriculture, Environment, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University

Table of Contents

Introduction, R.J.F. Bruins and M.T. Heberling

BACKGROUND, CONCEPTS AND METHODS

Watershed Planning and Management in the United States, R.A. Cole, T.D. Feather and J.D. Muncy

Introduction to Ecological Risk Assessment in Watersheds, R.J.F. Bruins and M.T. Heberling

A Framework for Risk Analysis for Ecological Restoration Projects in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, R.M.Thom, H.L. Diefenderfer, and K. Hofseth

Appendix 4-A: Example Application of Risk Analysis for a USACE Ecological Restoration Project, R.M. Thom, H.L. Diefenderfer, and K. Hofseth

Introduction to Economic Analysis in Watersheds, M.T. Heberling and R.J.F. Bruins

Appendix 5-A: Discussion of Stated Preference Methods Used in Three Case Studies, M.T. Heberling and R. J.F. Bruins

Ecological and Economic Analysis for Water Quality Standards, R.J.F. Bruins and M.T. Heberling

Appendix 6-A: Using Multimedia Indices to Define the Integrity of Stream Biological Assemblages and Instream Habitat, R.J.F. Bruins and M.T. Heberling

Decision-Making and Uncertainty in Ambient Water Quality Management, L. Shabman

Scaling Environmental Restoration and Habitat Equivalency Analysis, P.D. Allen II, D.J. Chapman, and D. Lane

A Conceptual Approach for Integrated Watershed Management, R.J.F. Bruins, M.T. Heberling, and T.A. Maddock

Appendix 9-A: Discussion of Existing Frameworks that Have Been Applied To Watershed Management, R.J.F. Bruins, M.T. Heberling, and T.A. Maddock

Appendix 9-B: Sociocultural Assessment Methods, R.J.F. Bruins, M.T. Heberling and T.A. Maddock

APPLICATIONS

Evaluating Development Alternatives for a High-quality Stream Threatened by Urbanization: Big Darby Creek Watershed, O.H. Erekson, O. L. Loucks, S.R. Elliott, D.S. McCollum, M. Smith, and R.J.F. Bruins

Weighing Biodiversity and Sectoral Development Values in a Rural Valley: Clinch and Powell River Watershed, S. Stewart, J.A. Kahn, A. Wolfe, R.V. O'Neill, V.B. Serveiss, R.J.F. Bruins, and M.T. Heberling

Appendix 11-A: Random Utility Model, S. Stewart, J.A. Kahn, A. Wolfe, R.V. O'Neill, V.B. Serveiss, R.J.F. Bruins, and M.T. Heberling

Appendix 11-B: Excerpt from Survey Administered by the University of Tennessee: Explanation of Hypothetical Agricultural Policies and their Potential Impacts, S. Stewart, J.A. Kahn, A. Wolfe, R.V. O'Neill, V.B. Serveiss, R.J.F. Bruins, and M.T. Heberling

Seeking Solutions for an Interstate Conflict over Water and Endangered Species: Platte River Watershed, R.J. Supalla, O. Yeboah, B. Klaus, J.C. Allen, D.E. Jelinski, V.B. Serveiss, and R.J.F. Bruins

Appendix 12-A: Summary of Survey Response Information Used to Calculate Utility of Environmental Management Policy Options for the Central Platte River Floodplain, R.J. Supalla, O. Yeboah, B. Klaus, J.C. Allen, D.E. Jelinski, V.B. Serveiss, and R.J.F. Bruins

An Integrated Ecological-Economic Model for Scenario Analysis: Anticipating Change in the Hudson River Watershed, J.D. Erickson, C. Hermans, J. Gowdy, K. Limburg, A. Nowosielski, J. Polimeni, and K. Stainbrook

Determining Tradeoffs among Ecological Services: Planning for Ecological Restoration in the Lower Fox River and Green Bay, J.K. Lazo, P.D. Allen II, R.C. Bishop, D. Beltman, and R.D. Rowe

The Habitat-Based Replacement Cost Method: Building on the Habitat Equivalency Method to Inform Regulatory or Permit Decisions under the Clean Water Act, P.D. Allen II, R. Raucher, E. Strange, D. Mills, and D. Beltman

CONCLUSIONS

Conclusions; R.J.F. Bruins and M.T. Heberling

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI020000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Ecology
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TEC010000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TEC010030
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply