Alternative Approaches to Operating and Maintaining Recreation Areas.
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ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS ENVIRONMENTAL LAB
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This document summarizes the findings and conclusions of the U. S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station WES research project, Cost Efficiency of Methods of Operating and Maintaining Corps Recreation Areas. It consolidates the findings of three separate but closely related substudies comprising the project. The substudies were an identification of existing approaches used within the Corps for conducting operation and maintenance OM activities documentation and comparison of costs incurred with OM activities and c development of a methodology for the preparation of OM performance standards. Although the findings were somewhat inconclusive about OM costs, they suggest that contracting is more often cost efficient than conducting OM activities with in-house resources, particularly under conditions of high overall project visitation and high levels of overnight use It was undetermined whether the contract or in-house approach was more cost efficient under conditions of low overall visitation. In suggesting a methodology for local preparation of OM performance standards, it was concluded that qualitative indicators as well as the amounts of manpower, time, equipment, and supplies and the associated costs should be delineated for specific work tasks. Author
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