LCRC LAND USE Basin Priorities (unranked)

Written by Austin Troy, University of Vermont

To be presented by: Brian Voigt, University of Vermont

With comments from: Mary Watzin, Alexey Voinov, Jon Erickson, Morgan Grove and Jarlath O’Neil Dunne

 

Quantifying human impacts on fresh water systems

 

GIS Land Use Data Development and Analysis

 

Land Use History

 

Land use growth simulation

 

 

Quantifying the ecosystem services of fresh water systems

 

Economic Benefit and Tradeoff Studies

·        Study the marginal human-oriented benefits from improvements to water quality and other aquatic ecological metrics in the Lake and in contributing rivers

o       Savings for water filtration/ treatment systems

o       Non-market recreation values

o       Market-based tourism income

o       Aesthetic and amenity values (analysis of the impacts of environmental quality on property values)

o       These can be done with benefits transfer methodologies, but locally-based empirical assessment should be targeted

o       Methods: avoided cost, replacement cost, hedonic analysis, contingent valuation, travel cost.

·        Study the costs of making marginal improvements.

o       Point sources: treatment plants, pollution control devices for industrial facilities, etc

o       Non-point sources: education programs for homeowners, feasibility of local homeowner pollution ordinances, design based solutions for stormwater (e.g. constructed wetlands), laws to change composition of household products.

·        Look at sensitivity of cost-benefit ratios to changes in

o       Assumptions about the impacts of land use on ecosystem services

o       Assumptions about population and population growth

o       Interest rates

o       Cost of energy (affects cost of water treatment)

o       Consumer preferences