Water Quality Benefits

EPA awarded funding to six universities to work with local communities to better understand the economic value of water quality. This research will help communities and environmental experts make more informed choices about the costs and benefits of actions that protect and improve the quality of their waterways.

Request for Applications closing date: January 14, 2015

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Identifier Abstract Principal Investigator Institution Project Period State
1 R836165
Estimating the Benefits of Stream Water Quality Improvements in Urbanizing Watersheds: An Ecological Production Function Approach von Haefen, Roger
Gerst, Michael
Kenney, Melissa
Obenour, Daniel Redd
Taylor, Laura
Van Houtven, George L.  
North Carolina State University, Dessert Research Institute, University of Maryland - College Park June 2016 -
May 2019  
2 R836166
Valuing Water Quality Improvements in Midwestern Ecosystems: Spatial Variability, Validity and Extent of the Market for Total Value Kling, Catherine L.
Dolph, Christine L
Finlay, Jacques C
Keiser, David A
Phaneuf, Daniel J.
Vossler, Christian
Zhao, Jinhua  
Iowa State University, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, University of Wisconsin - Madison April 2016 -
March 2019  
3 R836167
Estimation of Spatially Explicit Water Quality Benefits throughout River Systems: Development of Next Generation Stated Preference Methods Using National Probability Samples and Online Labor Pools Johnston, Robert J
Moeltner, Klaus
Wollheim, Wil  
Clark University, University of New Hampshire - Main Campus, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University April 2016 -
March 2019
(Extended to March 2021)  
4 R836168
An Integrated Valuation Model Linking Nutrient Reductions to Changing Ecosystem Services in Freshwater Systems Herriges, Joseph A.
Lupi, Frank
Stevenson, R. Jan  
Michigan State University September 2016 -
August 2019  
5 R836169
Assessing the Contribution of Small Streams to Use and Non-use Water Quality Values Using Modeling, Stakeholder Participation, and Decision Theory Borsuk, Mark E.
Howarth, Richard B.
Chen, Celia Y
Rogers, Shannon H.
Zuidema, Shan  
Dartmouth College, Duke University, Plymouth State University, University of New Hampshire - Main Campus April 2016 -
March 2019  
6 R836320
Valuation of Water Quality Change in Environment and Economy Context: Ecosystem Services across Gradients of Degradation and Local Economic Interest Swallow, Stephen
Helton, Ashley
Kirchhoff, Christine
Liu, Pengfei
Towe, Charles
Vadas, Timothy M.  
University of Connecticut August 2016 -
July 2019
(Extended to July 2021)  

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