Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Stream-Simulation Culverts

The authors quantify the social and fiscal costs and benefits of replacing conventional culverts with stream-simulation design culverts. They conclude that replacing conventional culverts with stream-simulation design culverts yields average net fiscal benefits of -$4,500 and average net social benefits of $7,800 per culvert replacement. While the net fiscal benefit is negative, they find that approximately 44 percent of culvert replacements yield net fiscal benefits and, further, 77 percent yields net social benefits. They recommend that responsible stakeholders (i.e., local municipalities and county governments) should consider replacing traditional culverts with stream-simulation design culverts.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: Cost-Benefit Analysis Public Affairs 881 taught by David Weimer in Fall 2014
  • Author(s): Carl Christiansen, Angela Filer, Matthew Landi, Eric O’Shaughnessy, Mallory Palmer, and Travis Schwartz
  • Client Name: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources