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Opportunity costs of restoring environmental flows to the Snowy River


  • Liam Wagner

    () (Risk & Sustainable Management Group, School of Economics, University of Queensland)

  • John Quiggin

    () (Risk & Sustainable Management Group, School of Economics, University of Queensland)

  • David Adamson

    () (Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland)


The construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme in the 1960s resulted in the diversion of 99% of the Snowy River’s natural flow into the Murray and Murrumbidgee river systems. In 2000, the NSW, Victorian and Commonwealth governments agreed to restore between 21 per cent and 28 per cent of the natural flow. In this paper, we examine the implications of the Agreement for the value of water use in the Murray-Darling Basin.

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  • Liam Wagner & John Quiggin & David Adamson, 2008. "Opportunity costs of restoring environmental flows to the Snowy River," Murray-Darling Program Working Papers WP3M08, Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland.
  • Handle: RePEc:rsm:murray:m08_3

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    Snowy river; water; environmental flows;

    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water


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