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The spatial relationship between economic activity and river water quality

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dc.contributor.author O'Donoghue, Cathal en
dc.contributor.author Howley, Peter en
dc.contributor.author Hynes, Stephen en
dc.contributor.author Fealy, Réamonn en
dc.contributor.author Chyzheuskaya, Aksana en
dc.contributor.author Green, Stuart en
dc.contributor.author Meredith, David en
dc.contributor.author Morrissey, Karyn en
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-26T14:45:04Z en
dc.date.available 2011-05-26T14:45:04Z en
dc.date.issued 2010-12 en
dc.identifier.citation O'Donoghue, C., Howley, P., Hynes, S., Fealy, R., Chyzheuskaya, A., Green, S., et al. (2010). The spatial relationship between economic activity and river water quality (Economics Working Paper no. 163): Department of Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/1941 en
dc.description.abstract This paper, using Ireland as a case study, examines the relationship between economic activities and river water quality. The stipulation from the EU water framework directive (WFD) that all surface waters in the EU must be of 'good ecological status' by 2015 necessitate a quantitative understanding of the major determinants of water quality. Within this context, this paper combines a number of spatial datasets relating to agricultural, residential and industrial activities as well as the level of forest cover to examine the major economic influences on the ecological quality of water resources. It is hoped that providing a comprehensive understanding of the effect of a variety of economic activities that influence the ecological quality of water will be an important tool in the management of risk and will allow for more appropriate land use planning aimed at restoring and maintaining water quality as required by the WFD. Results indicate that the level of forestry, industrial activity, the intensity and type of agricultural activity and the type of wastewater treatment in an area are all critical factors affecting the quality of our water resources. Moreover, the results highlight the importance of a spatial dimension to any analysis as the principal factors affecting water quality often differ across river catchments. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher National University of Ireland, Galway en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Economics Working Papers;163 en
dc.subject Economics en
dc.subject Water Framework Directive en
dc.subject River water quality en
dc.subject Ordered logit en
dc.title The spatial relationship between economic activity and river water quality en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en
dc.contributor.funder Beaufort Marine Research Award (National Development Plan, Marine Research Sub-Programme) en

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