A Hedonic Analysis of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) in Northern New Jersey

Authors: Taylor Wieczerak*, Montclair State University, Pankaj Lal, Montclair State University, Pralhad Burli, Montclair State University, Bernebas Wolde, Montclair State University
Topics: Urban Geography, Water Resources and Hydrology, Economic Geography
Keywords: CSOs, stormwater, economics, hedonic analysis, GIS
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Marshall North, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Significant water pollution caused by flooding due to heavy precipitation and extreme weather events such as Hurricane Sandy and similar storms of the past have become a considerable problem. The combined stormwater and untreated sewage is diverted to adjacent water bodies during heavy downpour, resulting in contamination and water pollution that can be harmful to human and environmental health. This contamination, especially in urbanized areas of northern New Jersey, is largely a product of discharge events from combined sewer overflows (CSOs). Though the effects of the contamination caused by polluted water discharge through CSO has been studied by some researchers, the socio-economic aspect of these issues has not received much scientific attention. This study seeks to understand the socio-economic facets arising due to of the continued use of CSOs in Elizabeth, Newark, and Paterson. A hedonic analysis of homes near CSOs is used to evaluate the disamenity effect on the price of homes near discharge sites. We use real estate and county data in a GIS overlay to map residences in these urban New Jersey areas and understand the effects of household, neighborhood, and environmental attributes. This information is critical for revealing the socio-economic consequences of continued CSO operation, and can provide data for preventing the worst of CSO problems in the future.

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