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The Use of Nutrient Assimilation Services in Performance-based Water Quality Incentive Programs


  • Stephenson, Kurt
  • Shabman, Leonard A.


This paper reviews water quality investments that can increase the environment’s capacity to remove nutrients. The nutrient removal effectiveness, uncertainty, and cost of removing nutrients directly from ambient waters is compared to agricultural nonpoint source reductions in the context of water quality credit trading and payment for environmental services programs.

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  • Stephenson, Kurt & Shabman, Leonard A., 2013. "The Use of Nutrient Assimilation Services in Performance-based Water Quality Incentive Programs," 2013 Annual Meeting, February 2-5, 2013, Orlando, Florida 143093, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:saea13:143093

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    1. Bonham, John G. & Bosch, Darrell J. & Pease, James W., 2006. "Cost-Effectiveness of Nutrient Management and Buffers: Comparisons of Two Spatial Scenarios," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 38(01), April.
    2. Greenhalgh, Suzie & Selman, Mindy, 2012. "Comparing Water Quality Trading Programs: What Lessons Are There To Learn?," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 42(2).
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    Nutrient assimilation; trading; ecosystem services; Environmental Economics and Policy; Q57;

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    • Q57 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Ecological Economics

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