Direct and Indirect Economic Benefits of Ecologically Based Flows on the South Fork Snake River
Hypothesis: Flow regimes that sustain healthy aquatic resource conditions provide direct and indirect economic benefits through recreation and tourism dollars.
Research Question: What are the direct and indirect (regional) economic affects of a high-quality recreational fishery through ecologically beneficial flow regimes on the South Fork Snake River.
Need and Benefit
Reclamation will soon complete Phase 1 of the Biologically Based System Management project, identifying flow regimes needed to maintain long-term aquatic health within system operational constraints on the South Fork Snake River.
Key to implementing these flow regimes is recognition that healthy ecosystems can meet contractual obligations, support aquatic resources, avoid Endangered Species Act listing, and contribute direct and indirect economic benefits to the regional economy.
Problem: There is a need for data which identifies the economic impacts of ecologically beneficial flow regimes.
Contribution of Research Output: Information that demonstrates how ecologically based flow regimes contribute positively to local economies, while meeting contractual obligations will help Reclamation meet a wide range of constiuent needs. These include hydropower, food control, biological, irrigation, and recreation needs.
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