When: Friday, March 21, 2014 Time: 2 PM ET – 3 PM ET
Summary: The most recent assessment of U.S. surface waters reveals that 55% of the nation’s rivers and streams are in poor condition. The leading causes of impairment are pollutants associated with land uses such as roads, parking lots, and farm fields. These “non-point” water pollutants diminish aesthetic and recreational values; raise costs of treating water for drinking and industrial uses; impair stream and reservoir ecosystems; and create nutrient-induced dead zones. As federal budgets grow more limited and legislative will ebbs, U.S. conservation and environmental goals are broadening to encompass soil productivity, air and water quality, and wildlife habitat as well as carbon sequestration. In view of these divergent trends, new approaches to protecting America’s water bodies are needed. The 2014 Farm Bill re-couples conservation compliance with a robust crop insurance program while reducing conservation funding. With encouragement from U.S. EPA, and in some instances responding to federal inaction, states, tribes, communities, and even private supply chains are developing innovative ways to determine impacts and create incentives for stewardship. These initiatives include California’s Cap and Trade Carbon program, Wetland Banking pursuant to the Clean Water Act, and large scale Total Maximum Daily Loads regulations. This webinar will discuss the state-of- the-art in nonpoint source pollution policy and analysis to help inform policy development.
Speakers: Dr. John Braden, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Economics, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois · Dr. Silvia Secchi, Assistant Professor, College of Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University
Register by March 20.
This webinar is part of C-FARE series highlighting the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s (AAEA) Choices Magazine stand-alone articles and themes.