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A further analysis of the Verde River Watershed ecovalues: Working paper series--10-04

Smith, Dean Howard and Viglucci, Sarah and West, Patricia (2010) A further analysis of the Verde River Watershed ecovalues: Working paper series--10-04. Working Paper. NAU W.A. Franke College of Business.


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Located in central Arizona, the Verde River flows 170 miles through private property, state, tribal, and National Forest land. The river is the last remaining mostly free-flowing river in otherwise arid Arizona. The challenges facing the stakeholders of the river and its watershed are numerous and complex. The issues of population and industrial growth, drought and climate change all challenge the future of the watershed. As such it is necessary for the stakeholders of the watershed to gain an understanding of the importance (or lack thereof) of the watershed to their communities. Employing a data set created by West et al. (2009a and b), this study analyzes 35 interviews of stakeholders using a methodology developed by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA, 2003). This study conducts a strategic environmental assessment by evaluating the open ended responses with regard to how the watershed services correspond to human well being. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first application of the MEA tool to link ecosystem services to human well being. The Verde River watershed provides much more value to society in terms of contributing to human well-being than simply a source for water. The access to water for a variety of uses is vitally important to the stakeholders within the watershed; however, myriad other aspects of the watershed are also very important to the same stakeholders. As the possible threats to the Verde River and its watershed increase at an increasing rate, the stakeholders need to address these threats.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Publisher’s Statement: Copyright, where appropriate, is held by the author.
ID number or DOI: 10-04
Keywords: Working paper, ecosystem services, watershed, ecosystem assessment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: The W.A. Franke College of Business
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2015 20:47
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1499

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