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Economics of Water Quality Protection From Nonpoint Sources: Theory and Practice

by Marc Ribaudo, Richard Horan, and Mark Smith

Agricultural Economic Report No. (AER-782) 113 pp, November 1999

Water quality is a major environmental issue. Pollution from nonpoint sources is the single largest remaining source of water quality impairments in the United States. Agriculture is a major source of several nonpoint-source pollutants; agricultural nonpoint pollution reduction policies can be designed to induce producers to change their production practices in ways that improve the environment.

Keywords: Water quality, nonpoint-source pollution, economic incentives, standards, education, liability, research

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Last updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014

For more information contact: Marc Ribaudo, Richard Horan, and Mark Smith