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Water Pollution Working Group

Social Cost of Water Pollution

Many important economic and social costs are associated with the acquisition, distribution and use of water, but a complex mix of policies and practices need to be addressed to ensure access to clean water everywhere—for everyone. The Social Cost of Water Pollution Working Group is focused on creating an effective tool for decision making by the federal government, states, NGOs, and private industry on water quality, analogous to the social cost of carbon estimates that are visible metrics of the costs of global warming. This tool can be used to align policies on land-use decisions with goals for water quality and protecting ecosystem services.


Working Group Leader:

  • Catherine Kling, Atkinson Center Faculty Director; professor of environment, energy, and resource economics in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management; and chair of the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academy of Sciences


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