Assessing policies to improve water quality in agricultural landscapes

Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN)




Assessing policies to improve water quality in agricultural landscapes

 

Project Description:

This research project will examine the cost-effective practices and policies to reduce nitrates in PEI groundwater. It will determine the trade-offs between firm profitability and water quality associated alternative beneficial management practices (BMPs) that farmers can adopt on to reduce excess nitrogen levels (i.e. spring plowing, banded fertilizer application). It will use this base information to assess policies designed to reduce emissions into water bodies. The research will thus allow us to better understand the relationship between agricultural production and water quality. In addition, it will provide valuable information on the policy instruments that can most effectively achieve environmental targets on nitrates for water including the trade-offs involved among alternative instruments and targets. 

Researchers:

Alfons Weersink

Partners:

Canadian Water Network: Secure Source Waters Consortium; PEI Department of Agriculture; and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada