Economic Development Perspectives
- Estimating the Economic Benefits of Maintaining Peak Instream Flows in the Poudre River through Fort Collins, Colorado - Loomis, 2008
The economic benefits to Fort Collins residents were estimated by asking households if they would pay to avoid a 50% reduction in peak spring and summer flows. The perpetual benefits were estimated to be between $5,673 to $8,518 per acre foot, representing an aggregate value between $282.7 to $424.5 million.
- Fort Collins Whitewater Park Economic Assessment - Loomis & McTernan, 2011
This report documents a study designed to determine the economic value of current and increased flow conditions on the recreational use (particularly kayakers) of the Poudre River near downtown Fort Collins. The report concludes that the potential annual sales revenue for the city for current river flows based on reported expenditures would total between $ 294,765 and $ 745,337, and for increases flows the total would be between $ 331,610 and $ 838,504.
- Study Finds Americans Willing To Pay More For Water - Forbes Magazine, 2012
This article describes a study that found that 75 percent of Americans (a national sample of voters representative of the 2006 U.S. voting population on gender, age, region and ethnicity) were willing to pay more for water infrastructure that conserves energy and 70 percent were willing to pay more for water to ensure that all Americans have access to clean water by upgrading infrastructure.