Respectively, Hydraulic Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, Civil Design Branch, Water Management Section, 1325 J St., Sacramento, California 95814–2922; and Assistant Professor, Colorado State University, Department of Civil Engineering, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523 (E-Mail/Hickey: email@example.com).
FROM FLOW TO FISH TO DOLLARS: AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO WATER ALLOCATION1
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association
Volume 35, Issue 5, pages 1053–1067, October 1999
How to Cite
Hickey, J. T. and Diaz, G. E. (1999), FROM FLOW TO FISH TO DOLLARS: AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO WATER ALLOCATION. JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 35: 1053–1067. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.1999.tb04193.x
Paper No. 98081 of the Journal of the American Water Resources Association.Discussions are open until June 1, 2000.
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
- water management;
- aquatic ecosystems;
- habitat time series analysis;
- recreational economics;
- contingent valuation method;
- instream flow;
- Cache La Poudre River;
- brown trout;
- rainbow trout
This paper details a case study of economic and natural system responses to alternative water management policies in the Cache La Poudre River basin, Colorado, 1980–1994. The case study is presented to highlight the value and application of a conceptual integration of economic, salmonid population, physical habitat, and water allocation models. Five alternative regimes, all intended to increase low winter flows, were investigated. Habitat enhancements created by alternative regimes were translated to population responses and economic benefits. Analysis concluded that instream flows cannot compete on the northern Colorado water rental market; cooperative agreements offer an economically feasible way to enhance instream flows; and establishing an instream flow program on the Cache La Poudre River mainstem is a potentially profitable opportunity. The alliance of models is a dynamic multidisciplinary tool for use in professional settings and offers valuable insight for decision-making processes involved in water management.