Economic Instruments and Nonpoint Source Water Pollution

by Clifford S. Russell; Christopher D. Clark

Jan 1, 2006
Nonpoint source (NPS) water polluton is generally agreed to be the dominant cause of ambient water quality problems in the developed (OECD) world. It has achieved this distinction primarily by ecaping the increasingly strict and sophisticated regulation that has reduced the flow of point source (PS) pollution over the last 30 years. Over the same period, increases in farming intensity have also led to increases in both the application of chemical fertilisers and pesticides and the production and agglomeration of livestock wastes. Both have resulted in increased runoff and leaching of pesticides and nutrients into neighboring water bodies.
Economic Instruments and Nonpoint Source Water Pollution


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