Abstracts of presentations given in Session 4 of the UCOWR conference.


Nitrogen concentrations are a prominent indicator of water pollution, frequently leading to algal blooms which in turn cause fish kills and unappealing odors and appearance. As such, water quality may influence the water recreation decisions of individual recreators, who tend to prefer higher water quality and are willing to pay for it. This paper employs the benefit transfer method to estimate the economic benefits of freshwater-based recreation in response to changes in ambient water quality.