Dr. John Boland

Environmental Planning and Management

Current Courses

Personal Bio

Dr. Boland is an engineer and an economist, specializing in water and energy resources, environmental economics, and public utility management. He holds the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Master of Science (Governmental Administration) and Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Economics) degrees. He is a registered Professional Engineer. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the Johns Hopkins University, after more than thirty years in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. Prior to his academic career, he served as Superintendent of the Bureau of Water for Erie, Pennsylvania, and as Chief of Utility Operations for Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Dr. Boland's research activities have included the application of economic analysis to a variety of environmental and resource policy issues. He has three decades of experience in the development and evaluation of advanced techniques for forecasting municipal and industrial water demand. He has extensive experience in public utility tariff design in both industrial and developing countries. Dr. Boland has published more than 150 papers and reports on subjects including water demand forecasting, water and wastewater tariff design, drought management, and water conservation. He has co-authored two books on water demand management as well as two others on environmental management issues.

Education History

  • B.E.E. Electrical Engineering, Gannon University
  • M.S. Governmental Administration, George Washington University
  • Ph.D. Environmental Economics, Johns Hopkins University


Books and Monographs

Mariño, M., & J.J. Boland, An Integrated Approach to Wastewater Treatment: Deciding Where, When, and How Much to Invest, Washington, DC: The World Bank, 1999, 60 pp.

Barron, W.F., R.D. Perlack, & J.J. Boland, Fundamentals of Economics for Environmental Managers, Westport, CN: Quorum Books, 1998, 224 pp.

Boland, J.J., M.E. Bell, & E.Z. Stakhiv, eds., Environmental Infrastructure Management, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997, 216 pp.

Baumann, D.D., J.J. Boland, & W.M. Hanemann, Urban Water Demand Management and Planning, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997, 365 pp.

Jones, C.V., J.J. Boland, J.E. Crews, C.F. DeKay, & J.R. Morris, Municipal Water Demand: Statistical and Management Issues, Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1984, 170 pp.


Boland, J.J., "The Business of Water," J. Water Resources Planning and Management, vol. 133, no. 3 (May-June 2007), pp. 189-191.

Graham, J.P., J.J. Boland, and E. Silbergeld, "Growth Promoting Antibiotics in Food Animal Production: An Economic Analysis," Public Health Reports, vol. 122, January-February 2007, pp. 79-87.

Hamaide, B., and J.J. Boland, "Cost-Benefit Analysis is Useful in Evaluating Climate Change Policies," World Resource Review, vol. 18, no. 2, (2006), pp. 427-438.

ReVelle, C., J. Williams, and J.J. Boland, “Counterpart Models in Facility Location Science and Reserve Selection Science,” Environmental Modeling & Assessment, vol. 7, no. 2, (2002), pp. 71-80.

Hamaide, B., & J.J. Boland, “Benefits, Costs, and Cooperation in Greenhouse Gas Abatement,” Climatic Change, vol. 47 (2000), pp. 239-258.

Boland, J.J., "Assessing Urban Water Use and the Role of Water Conservation Measures Under Climate Uncertainty," Climatic Change, vol. 37 (1997), pp. 157-176.

Ellingwood, B., R.B. Corotis, J.J. Boland, and N. Jones, "Assessing the Cost of Dam Failure," ASCE Journal of Water Resources, Planning, and Management, January 1993.

Boland, J.J., & J.W. Milliman, "CERCLA Natural Resources Damages: Uses and Misuses of Economic Theory," Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials, vol. 6, no. 1 (Winter 1989), pp. 79- 85.

Dziegielewski, B., & J.J. Boland, "Forecasting Urban Water Use: The IWR-MAIN Model," Water Resources Bulletin, vol. 25, no. 1 (February 1989), pp. 101-109.

Boland, J.J., "CERCLA and Natural Resource Damages," The Diplomate, 1987.

Boland, J.J., "Alternative Solutions," Water Engineering and Management, vol. 132, no. 5 (May 1985), pp. 33-39.

Baumann, D.D., J.J. Boland, & J.H. Sims, "Water Conservation: The Struggle over Definition," Water Resources Research, vol. 20, no. 4 (April 1984), pp. 428-434.

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Articles in Books and Collections

Boland, J.J., N. Flores, & C.W. Howe, Jr., “The Theory and Practice of Benefit Cost Analysis,” in C.S. Russell & D.D. Baumann, eds., The Evolution of Water Resource Planning and Decision-Making, Cheltenham, U.K., Edward Elgar, 2009, pp. 82-135.

Boland, J.J., & D.D. Baumann, “Water Resources Planning: Past, Present and Future,” in C.S. Russell & D.D. Baumann, eds., The Evolution of Water Resource Planning and Decision-Making, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2009, pp. 1-13.

Boland, J.J., “Drought Contingency Planning in Urban Areas: Myths and Lessons," in Drought Forecasting and Management: Proceedings of an Iranian-American Workshop, The Academy of Sciences, Islamic Republic of Iran, Tehran, Iran, 2006, pp. 144-157.

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>100 additional peer reviewed reports, non-peer reviewed journal articles, presentations, etc.

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Alumnus Gannon University Erie, PA (2004)
  • Lifetime National Associate The National Academies (2000)
  • Life Member American Water Works Association (1990)

Professional Organizations

American Water Works Association