Soil Conservation Preserves Reservoir Benefits Nationwide

Amber Waves, June 2008

4 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2016

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LeRoy Hansen

(Former) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS) -- retired

Date Written: June 1, 2008

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Hansen, LeRoy, Soil Conservation Preserves Reservoir Benefits Nationwide (June 1, 2008). Amber Waves, June 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2737139

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