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Environmental Priorities for the District of Columbia: A Report to the Summit Fund


  • Davies, J. Clarence

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  • Darnall, Nicole


This paper examines and ranks the District of Columbia's environmental problems. Four criteria are used to determine each problem's severity: public opinion of the problem, health effects, the number of people affected, and ecological and welfare effects. Public opinion is measured via 345 city resident and 23 stakeholder interviews. Stakeholders included environmental experts familiar with issues in the District. Health and ecological effects are captured by analyzing both the EPA's and District of Columbia's environmental data. The results show that the top four problems facing the city, in order of importance, are: drinking water, air pollution, the Anacostia River, and lead poisoning. Several recommendations for resolving the District's problems are offered and including creating a separate D.C. Environmental Agency, applying for EPA grant monies, publishing a D.C. environmental report, fostering community cooperation, and increasing education about the environment.

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  • Davies, J. Clarence & Darnall, Nicole, 1996. "Environmental Priorities for the District of Columbia: A Report to the Summit Fund," Discussion Papers dp-97-04, Resources For the Future.
  • Handle: RePEc:rff:dpaper:dp-97-04

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