||Institutional Design for Water Quality Management: A Case Study of the Wisconsin River. Volume Viii, Section J. The Economic and Fiscal Aspects of a Regional Water Quality Management System.
Dorce, Anthony H. J. ;
||Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Water Resources Center.
||OWRR-C-1228-WIS; 05383,; C-1228-WIS(1601)(7)
( Water resources ;
Management planning) ;
( Water qualtiy ;
Water pollution ;
Benefit cost analysis ;
Economic development ;
Wisconsin River Basin
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Criteria of economic efficiency, equity, and effectiveness are operationally defined and postulated as desirable in the design of policy to achieve regional water quality objectives. The Wisconsin River Basin is compared to the Ruhr Region and the Delaware Estuary in order to illustrate the uniqueness of effective and efficient policy design for any basin. The technological alternatives for influencing water quality in the Wisconsin River Basin and the nature of least-cost systems for achieving various quality objectives are described. The implementation of economically efficient systems through alternative policy arrangements are considered. The use of effluent charges as a policy mechanism on the Wisconsin River Basin are examined and it is concluded that they would be ineffective. An alternative policy arrangement which attempts to combine the advantages of regulation and economic incentive is suggested. This system-cost sharing arrangement attempts to effectively implement least-cost systems while meeting postulated criteria of equity concerning the distribution of costs and benefits of impounded water quality. (Author)