Support for this research came from the Center for Watershed and Community Health, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University.
INCREASING STREAMFLOW TO SUSTAIN SALMON AND OTHER NATIVE FISH IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Article first published online: 18 JUL 2008
Contemporary Economic Policy
Volume 20, Issue 4, pages 366–380, October 2002
How to Cite
Jaeger, W. K. and Mikesell, R. (2002), INCREASING STREAMFLOW TO SUSTAIN SALMON AND OTHER NATIVE FISH IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. Contemporary Economic Policy, 20: 366–380. doi: 10.1093/cep/20.4.366
- Issue published online: 18 JUL 2008
- Article first published online: 18 JUL 2008
According to biologists, increasing streamflows is among the measures necessary to protect salmon and other native fish in the Pacific Northwest. Yet our understanding of the costs and most cost-effective approaches is hampered by lack of comparative experience. This article attempts to address both of these issues. The analysis finds that the costs of streamflow augmentation may be modest, between $1 and $10 per capita per year for the region. Apart from largE-scale actions on the Snake and Columbia Rivers, we find that streamflow augmentation will require decentralized approaches, and their cost-effective implementation will require localized scientific information, constant monitoring, and hands-on management to acquire water through purchases, leases, and contingent contracts when and where appropriate.