"The book applies benefit-cost analysis and a wide array of non-market and distribution economic valuation methods in ecologic context to determine the pay-off and distribution impacts of various infrastructure and water quality improvements to eight river systems in the Great Lakes region of the US. The generally positive results have important implications for public policy and future research."--BOOK JACKET.
1. The role of biology and ecological engineering in watershed and river restoration / Timothy C. Granata and Ulrike Zika -- 2. Codification, case studies, and methods for economic analysis of river systems / Fred J. Hitzhusen -- 3. Estimating willingness to pay for additional protection of Ohio surface waters: contingent valuation of water quality / Stephen Irvin, Tim Haab and Fred J. Hitzhusen -- 4. The economics of high-head dam removal in an ecological context: a case study of the Ballville Dam, Fremont, Ohio / Sarah A. Kruse, Timothy C. Granata and Ulrike Zika -- 5. The economics of low-head dam removal: a case study on the Salmon River in Fort Covington, New York / David Warren and Fred J. Hitzhusen -- 6. Economic analysis of infrastructure and water quality improvements in the Muskingum River Corridor / Fred J. Hitzhusen, Radha Ayalasomayajula and Sarah Lowder -- 7. Economic analysis of water quality and recreational benefits of the Hocking River Valley / Allan Sommer and Brent Sohngen -- 8. Effects of pesticide use and farming practices on water treatment costs in Maumee River basin communities / D. Lynn Forster and Chris Murray -- 9. Economic efficiency and distribution evaluation of dredging of toxic sediments and selected dam removal in the Mahoning River / Ashraf Abdul-Mohsen and Fred J. Hitzhusen -- 10. An economic analysis of Lower Great Miami River segment improvements / Radha Ayalasomayajula, P. Wilner Jeanty and Fred J. Hitzhusen -- 11. The Cuyahoga River Valley initiative: framing, codification, and preliminary economic analysis in an urban river corridor / Fred J. Hitzhusen, Sarah A. Kruse, Ashraf Abdul-Mohsen, Joana J. Ferreti-Meza and Marc Hnytka -- 12. Overview, key findings, and approaches including benefit transfer for generalization of research results / Fred J. Hitzhusen and Sarah A. Kruse