Recreation Demand Using Physical Measures of Water Quality

Kevin J. Egan, Joseph A. Herriges, Catherine L. Kling, John A. Downing
October 2004  [04-WP 372]

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Egan, K.J., J.A. Herriges, C.L. Kling, and J. Downing. 2004. "Recreation Demand Using Physical Measures of Water Quality." Working paper 04-WP 372. Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University.


This paper incorporates a rich set of physical water quality attributes, as well as site and household characteristics, into a model of recreational lake usage in Iowa. Our analysis shows individuals are responsive to physical water quality measures. Willingness-to-pay estimates are reported based on improvements in these measures.

Keywords: Clean Water Act, CWA, recreation demand model, water quality valuation.