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An Economic Analysis of the Potential 'Voluntary' Reductions of Nutrients from Agriculture to the Chesapeake Bay from the Shenandoah Soil and Water Conservation District, Virginia

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dc.contributor.advisor Sklarew, Dann M.
dc.contributor.author Pindilli, Emily
dc.creator Pindilli, Emily
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-29T18:35:16Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-29T18:35:16Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/9618
dc.description.abstract This study addresses the lack of an in-depth assessment of field-level costs for implementing agricultural best management practices (BMPs). An economic analysis of the potential contribution of `voluntary' reductions of nutrients from agricultural non-point sources of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay originating in the Shenandoah Soil and Water Conservation District (Shenandoah SWCD), Virginia was conducted. The research had three high level objectives: 1) to assess the heterogeneity in costs of implementing BMPs at the field-level; 2) to estimate the magnitude of potential nutrient reductions possible from agriculture in the Shenandoah SWCD, Virginia based on the field-level cost analysis and Virginia's trading program statutory requirements, ceteris paribus; and 3) to evaluate alternative scenarios of nutrient reduction based on the sensitivity of farmers to credit prices and allowable BMPs. The study considers the economic and physical factors associated with farms and builds on a vast base of literature on the physical aspects of non-point source pollution abatement.
dc.format.extent 180 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2015 Emily Pindilli
dc.subject Environmental science en_US
dc.subject Environmental economics en_US
dc.subject Public policy en_US
dc.subject agricultural best management practices en_US
dc.subject Chesapeake Bay en_US
dc.subject economics en_US
dc.subject nonpoint source pollution en_US
dc.subject nutrient trading en_US
dc.subject water quality policy en_US
dc.title An Economic Analysis of the Potential 'Voluntary' Reductions of Nutrients from Agriculture to the Chesapeake Bay from the Shenandoah Soil and Water Conservation District, Virginia
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Environmental Science and Public Policy en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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