Soil Conservation Preserves Reservoir Benefits Nationwide
Amber Waves, June 2008
4 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2016
Date Written: June 1, 2008
Over 75,000 reservoirs in the 48 contiguous States provide a recreation, flood control, fish and other benefits. A recent analysis by ERS estimates that the value of a 1-ton reduction in agricultural soil erosion and the subsequent reduction in reservoir sedimentation is as high as $1.38 per ton. The ERS estimates of the benefits of soil conservation, in terms of their impact on reservoirs, are derived from two models.
Keywords: reservoirs, soil conservation, erosion, water quality
JEL Classification: Q25, Q28
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