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Estimating Annualized Riparian Buffer Costs for the Harpeth River Watershed


  • David C. Roberts
  • Christopher D. Clark
  • Burton C. English
  • William M. Park
  • Roland K. Roberts


Water pollution from nonpoint sources is increasingly a focal point for efforts to reduce water quality impairments. These efforts often require or subsidize riparian buffer strips. However, the costs of these buffer strips are not always well understood. This article estimates the annualized costs of establishing and maintaining 45.7-meter (150-feet) riparian buffer strips on all agricultural land adjoining a waterway in Tennessee's Harpeth River watershed. A mandatory requirement for buffer strips of this width would result in 4,955 hectares (12,245 acres) of buffer strips at an annualized cost of $1.3 million. A supply curve for buffer strips is also constructed. Copyright 2009 Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

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  • David C. Roberts & Christopher D. Clark & Burton C. English & William M. Park & Roland K. Roberts, 2009. "Estimating Annualized Riparian Buffer Costs for the Harpeth River Watershed," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 31(4), pages 894-913, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:revage:v:31:y:2009:i:4:p:894-913

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    1. Lynch, Lori & Hardie, Ian W. & Parker, Douglas D., 2002. "Analyzing Agricultural Landowners' Willingness To Install Streamside Buffers," Working Papers 28570, University of Maryland, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
    2. Lynch, Lori & Brown, Cheryl, 2000. "Landowner Decision Making About Riparian Buffers," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 32(03), December.
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    1. Liu, Zheng & Schieffer, Jack & Hu, Wuyang & Pagoulatos, Angelos, 2011. "Nonpoint Source Abatement Costs in the Kentucky River Watershed," 2011 Annual Meeting, July 24-26, 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 103633, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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