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Lake Economics

NH LAKES commissioned the Lakes, Rivers, Streams and Ponds Partnership which conducted a four-phased study on the economic values of the surface waters of New Hampshire during 2001 – 2007.

Phase I (2001)
Phase I included a preliminary assessment of the existing literature, data, and methodological approaches to estimating the economic value of surface water.

Phase II (2003) – Estimates of Select Economic Values of New Hampshire Lakes, Rivers, Streams and Ponds
Phase II of the study provided estimates of the economic value from three recreational uses: fishing, swimming and boating, and two non-recreational uses: public drinking water supplies and waterfront property ownership for New Hampshire lakes, rivers, streams and ponds.

Phase III (2004)- Public Opinion Poll Results in the Study of Select Economic Values of New Hampshire Lakes, Rivers, Streams and Ponds
The purpose of Phase III of the study was to ascertain public opinion about the relative importance of different freshwater attributes, such as overall beauty of the area, water quality, pollution, and crowding, when New Hampshire residents decide to use the state’s surface waters for recreational purposes, and how residents’ attitudes and behaviors would change if these freshwater attributes were altered.

Phase IV (2007) – The Economic Impact of Potential Decline in New Hampshire Water Quality: The Link between Visitor Perceptions, Usage and Spending
Phase IV described the economic value that fishing, swimming and boating of New Hampshire freshwaters bring to the state by collecting primary data, and how that value might be affected by the quality of water resources, as perceived by the recreationalists who use.


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