Recreational damages from reservoir storage level changes

Eric Huszar, W. Douglass Shaw, Jeffrey Englin, Noelwah Netusil

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Several extreme events affecting recreation have occurred in the Humboldt River Basin of northern Nevada. In 1992, agricultural users completely drained Rye Patch Reservoir killing millions of fish. Additionally, since 1990 gold mines located in the basin have pumped and discharged water into the Humboldt River; in recent years, discharges have equaled approximately 60% of the river's annual flow. In this paper we develop and estimate a joint model of fish catch and recreation demand, both of which depend on water levels, to assess the losses and gains from water level changes tied to events in the basin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3489-3494
Number of pages6
JournalWater Resources Research
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology


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