Economic and Social Values of Recreational Floating on the Niobrara National Scenic River (2009)
The intent of this study was to generate objective and accurate estimates of the social and economic values associated with recreational floating on the Niobrara National Scenic River (NNSR) to enable the State of Nebraska to evaluate the merits of a instream appropriation application on the Niobrara River for recreation purposes.
The study combines the results of prior recreation studies of the NNSR in conjunction with new surveys of Nebraskans statewide and of NNSR floaters in 2007 and 2008 in order to: determine Nebraskans’ knowledge, use and perceptions of the Niobrara River; describe the historical and current characteristics of NNSR recreational floating activities; assess floaters’ perceptions of alternative NNSR flow levels; quantify the current (2008) economic value of floating recreation on the NNSR (direct expenditures, multiplier effects and travel costs); estimate both current and potential (future) economic losses associated with sub–optimal (low) flows on the NNSR.
The study was prepared by Univ. Nebraska researchers and funded by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Environmental Trust. .
and Economic Importance of the Chattooga River
This report presents the results
of a comprehensive study of the 57 miles of the Wild and Scenic
Chattooga River, flowing through northwestern South Carolina, northeastern Georgia
and southwestern North Carolina. During 2001, researchers conducted
a survey to learn about the river's recreation users, its
economic benefits, its economic impacts on towns, and its
effects on nearby property values. This study was sponsored
by RTCA, the NPS National Wild and Scenic Rivers Program,
and American Rivers, Inc. The survey and resulting study were
conducted and written by North Carolina State University.
and Economic Importance of the West Branch of the Farmington
This report presents the results
of a comprehensive study of the 14-mile Wild and Scenic segment
of the West Branch of the Farmington River in Connecticut.
During 2001, researchers conducted a survey to learn about
the river's recreation users, its economic benefits, its economic
impacts on towns, and its effects on nearby property values.
This study was sponsored by RTCA, the NPS National Wild and
Scenic Rivers Program, and American Rivers, Inc. The survey
and resulting study were conducted and written by North Carolina
Studies of Water Trail Impacts on Rural Communities
by Lindsy Johnson, MCRP, for National Park Service, Rivers,
Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, 2002 (4 MB)
This paper presents a comparative analysis of rural communities with calm water
trails. Case studies illustrate impacts of calm water trails
and trends are drawn from community economic development associated
with water trails.
This bibliography offers an extensive list
of studies, papers, and articles that explore the economic
benefits of conserved rivers. Each listed document is accompanied
by an annotation which describes its relevance to river conservation.
The bibliography is organized into the following categories:
floodplain management, instream flow, adjacent property value,
general value to the public, recreation and tourism, removal
of unsafe/obsolete dams, water quality, wildlife/habitat/riparian,
This publication describes
many of the potential economic benefits associated with restoring
fisheries and river health through the selective removalof
small dams. Using examples of more than 20 removed small dams,
it makes the case that removal is often much less costly than
repair. Also described are issues that local decision-makers
should consider when confronted with the question of repair
versus removal. This report was a cooperative effort between
RTCA and Trout Unlimited.