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Social Cost of Water Pollution Workshop

2021 Workshop

Integrated Assessment Models and the Social Costs of Water Pollution
Virtual Conference | April 21-23, 2021

April 21, 2021

10:30-12:30 p.m.

Welcome Remarks and Plenary Session

  • Dr. Kelly Maguire, Economic Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture
    Water-related Activities at USDA/ERS Supporting Farmers and Rural America
    Dr. Kelly Maguire is the Assistant Administrator at USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). Previously she was the Branch Chief in ERS’s Conservation and Environment Branch. She also spent almost 20 years as an Economist in EPA’s National Center for Environmental Economics. At ERS she provides oversight and coordination across the ERS research programs and peer review of ERS research reports. Her areas of expertise include valuing ecosystem services, and distributional effects of environmental and agricultural policy.
  • Dr. Joel Corona, Office of Water, United States Environmental Protection Agency
    Water Economics at EPA
    Dr. Joel Corona has been an economist in EPA’s Office of Water for over 17 years, where he recently concluded a term as the temporary director of EPA’s newly formed Water Economics Center. Joel currently leads the development of the Hydrologic and Water Quality System (HAWQS) watershed model, the Benefits Spatial Platform for Aggregating Socioeconomics and H20 Quality (BenSPLASH) water quality valuation model, and represents EPA’s Office of Water on economics-related issues. In addition to his work in economics, Joel helped establish EPA’s WaterSense labeling program, managed EPA’s US-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program, and assisted in integrating climate change into EPA water programs.
  • Dr. Esha Zaveri, Water Global Practice, The World Bank
    Dr. Esha Zaveri is an Economist with the Water Global Practice of the World Bank where she works with the Water, Poverty and Economics Global Solutions Group. Her professional work spans issues related to water resource management, climate impacts, and environmental health. She has authored flagship reports of the World Bank on water scarcity (Uncharted Waters, 2017) and water pollution (Quality Unknown, 2019). Prior to joining the World Bank in 2018, Esha was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University where she is currently an affiliated scholar.
12:30-2:00 p.m.


2:00-4:00 p.m.

Session 1:

Climate Benefits of Reducing Nutrient Pollution in Aquatic Ecosystems

  • Jake Beaulieu*, Elizabeth Kopits, Chris Moore, and Bryan Parthum

Examining Implicit Price Variation for Lake Water Quality

  • Kristen Swedberg*, Kevin J. Boyle, Joseph Stachelek, Nicole K. Ward, Weizhe Weng, and Kelly M. Cobourn

Estimating the Benefits of Stream Water Quality Improvements in Urbanizing Watersheds

  • Roger H. von Haefen*, George Van Houtven, Sasha Naumenko, Daniel Obenhour, Jonathan Miller, Melissa Kenney, and Michael Gerst

Different Methods, Different Values: Implications of Alternative Valuation Methods for Water Governance

  • Bonnie Keeler
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Networking and Social Hour

April 22, 2021

12:00-2:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions 2 and 3

Session 2:

Drinking Water Salinization As a Source of Chronic Poverty: A Case Study of Coastal Communities in Tanzania

  • Mattana Wongsirikajorn, Catherine McNally, Arthur Gold, and Emi Uchida*

Disparities in Drinking Water Quality: Evidence from California

  • Sarah Acquah* and Maura Allaire

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Drinking Water: Evidence from New Jersey

  • Rosie Mueller*, Alissa Cordner, and Phil Brown

Viral Transport, Survival and Transmission via Freshwater Ecosystems and Its Relevance to the Social Cost of Water Pollution

  • John Downing

Session 3:

Quantifying the Social Benefits and Costs of Reductions in Phosphorus Loading Under Climate Change

  • Jesse D. Gourevitch*, Chris Koliba, Donna M. Rizzo, Asim Zia, and Taylor H. Ricketts

Quantifying Co-Benefits of Water Quality Policies: An Integrated Assessment Model of Land and Nitrogen Management

  • Weizhe Weng*, Kelly M. Cobourn, Armen R. Kemanian, Kevin J. Boyle, Yuning Shi, Joseph Stachelek, and Charles White

A Novel Integrated Modelling Approach to Design Cost-effective Agri-Environment Schemes to Prevent Water Pollution and Soil Erosion From Cropland — A Case Study of Baishahe Watershed in Shanxi Province, China

  • Zhengzheng Hao*, Astrid Sturm, and Frank Wätzold

Integrated Assessment of Nitrogen Runoff to the Gulf of Mexico: An Application of Spatially Explicit Partial Equilibrium and HAWQS Models

  • Yuelu Xu*, Levan Elbakidze, Haw Yen, Jeff Arnold, Jason Hubbart, and Mike Strager
2:00-3:00 p.m.


3:00-5:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions 4 and 5

Session 4:

Comparing Interventions that Boost Benefits and Reduce Costs in Agricultural Conservation Programs

  • Gregory Howard*, Wendong Zhang, Adriana Valcu-Lisman, and Philip W. Gassman

Transaction Costs and Household Adoption of Stormwater Management Practices

  • Robert J. Johnston*, Tom Ndebele, and David A. Newburn

The Value of Water Quality to Coastal Recreation in New England

  • Marisa Mazzotta, Nathaniel Merrill*, Kate Mulvaney, Sarina Atkinson, and Josh Sawyer

Session 5:

Size-Based Regulations and Water Quality: Evidence From the U.S. Livestock Industry

  • Chen-Ti Chen*, Gabriel E. Lade, John M. Crespi, and David A. Keiser

Effectiveness of Local Regulations on Non-point Source Pollution: Evidence From Wisconsin Dairy Farms

  • Jeremy Foltz, Marin Skidmore*, and Tihitina Andarge

Impacts of Watershed-Scale Management on Water Quality, Quantity, and
Public Finance: Evidence from Minnesota’s Twin Cities

  • Terin Mayer

Who Signs up for Free Raingardens? Distributional Effects of Green Stormwater Infrastructure Subsidies

  • Daniel Brent*, Joseph Cook, and Allison Lassiter

April 23, 2021

12:00-1:15 p.m.

Session 6: Egg Timer Talks (13 talks, 5 minutes each)

Developing Nitrate-Attributable Health Damage Estimates for Public Water Supplies in Minnesota

  • Bonnie Keeler, Terin Mayer, Ryan Noe*

Economic Efficiency of Food Safety Modernization Act: Preventing Illnesses from Contaminated Water

  • Marziyeh Bahalou Horeh* and Levan Elbakidze

Standardizing the Methodology for Revising the US EPA’s Water Quality Index

  • Julia Monsarrat*, Ahmed Rachid El-Khattabi, Gouri Mahadwar, Joel Corona, Todd Doley, Morgan Teachey, and Steve Whitlock

Water Quality and Property Prices – Argentina, Brasil, and Mexico

  • Juan Ignacio Zoloa

Eliciting Willingness to Pay for Precautionary Abatement of Microplastics

  • Peter King

Stated Preferences for Ecosystem Services of New Farmland Conservation Program

  • Badri Khanal*, Karina Schoengold, and Taro Mieno

Economic Impact of Shoreline Remediation and Habitat Restoration in the Muskegon Lake Area of Concern

  • Paul Isely, Erik Nordman*, Kendra Robbins, and Julie Cowie

Reversing Property Rights to Address Agricultural Water Pollution: Insights From a Performance-based Water Quality Trading System

  • Hongxing Liu*, Wendong Zhang, Elena Irwin, Jeffrey Kast, and Jay Martin

Groundwater Quality and Crop Choice: Implications for the Cost of Seawater Intrusion

  • Molly Van Dop Sears

Bilevel Optimization of Conservation Practices for Agricultural Production

  • Moriah B. Bostian*, Bradley L. Barnhart, Lyubov A. Kurkalova, Manoj K. Jha, and Gerald W. Whittaker

Hydroeconomic Modeling for Assessing Water scarcity and Pollution Abatement Measures in the Ebro River Basin, Spain

  • Safa Baccour and Jose Albiac*

Impacts of Changing Society and Climate on Nutrient Loading to the Baltic Sea

  • Kari Hyytiäinen*, Hans Estrup Andersen, Alena Bartosova, Bo Gustafsson, Mohamed Jabloun, Michelle McCrackin, Markus Meier, Jørgen E. Olesen, Sampo Pihlainen, Sofia Saraiva, Erik Smedberg, Dennis Swaney, Hans Thodsen, and Marianne Zandersen

Do Water Quality and Lake Amenities Affect Residential Choices?

  • Jiarui Zhang*
1:15-2:00 p.m.


2:00-4:00 p.m.

Session 7:

Community Response to Impaired Drinking Water Quality: Using Sales of Bottled Water and Anti-Diarrheal Medicine

  • Maura Allaire*, Taylor Mackay, and Upmanu Lall

Throwing the Baby out With the Ashwater? Coal Combustion Residuals, Water Quality, and Fetal Health

  • Wes Austin

Valuing Aquatic Ecosystem Health at a National Scale: Modeling Ecological Indicators Across Space and Time

  • Ryan Hill*, Chris Moore, Jessie Doyle, Scott Leibowitz, Paul Ringold, and Brenda Rashleigh

Political Connections and Pollution Emissions: Evidence from Chinese Listed Firms

  • Rui Xie, Jiahuan Zhang, and Chuan Tang*
4:00-5:00 p.m.


5:00-6:00 p.m.

Networking and Social Hour

* Denotes presenting author.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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