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Agricultural Economists Role in TMDL Analyses Related to Animal Agriculture

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Pp. 216-219 in Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Environmental Regulations: Proceedings of the March 11-13, 2002 Conference, (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)  701P0102.(doi:10.13031/2013.7560)
Authors:   Verel W. Benson, Claire Baffaut
Keywords:   Water quality, watershed, economics, TMDL, interdisciplinary

Right or wrong the approach currently proposed by EPA for setting standards and allocating pollutant loads, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), has the potential to unite or divide rural and urban communities. Agricultural economists, water quality scientists, and watershed managers have an opportunity to play a conciliatory role in the process if they actively pursue interdisciplinary approaches that address decisions at farm/firm, rural region/watershed, regional, and/or national/international levels simultaneously. This presentation will show different types and levels of analyses. These could be performed simultaneously to combine environmental as well as economic and social impact analyses at different levels to consider multiple objectives when allocating pollutant loads.

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