Environmental Economics

An Evaluation of the Cost Effectiveness of Agricultural Best Management Practices and Publicly Owned Treatment Works in Controlling Phosphorus Pollution in the Great Lakes Basin

The primary purpose was to analyze the cost-effectiveness of various pollution control strategies in the Great Lakes Basin. The first step in this effort was a literature review of agricultural best management practices (BMPs), with emphasis on studies in EPA Region V; critical factors influencing the cost-effectiveness of BMPs in controlling sediment and phosphorus were identified. Then a case study was undertaken to estimate the costs and effectiveness of conservation tillage in reducing phosphorus loads in the Honey Creek watershed in Ohio. The third step in the analysis was to identify publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) in Region V which have recently been built or upgraded beyond secondary treatment for phosphorus control and estimate the associated costs. Finally a cost-effectiveness comparison was completed for the POTWs and conservation tillage based on the case study.

  • Keywords

    1. Benefits Analysis
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis
    1. Benefits Analysis - Quantification without Monetization
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Specific Sectors and Pollutants
    Environmental Media:
    b. Water
    b. Water - Surface
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Milon, Walter
    Geographic Area:
    Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin
    Study Purpose:
    Empirical Application, Data Development
    Inventory Record #: EE-0317
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    Development Planning and Research Associates, Inc.Address:
    City: Manhattan State: KS ZIP: 66502
    Phone: Fax:
    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Policy, Planning and EvaluationAddress:
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20460
    Phone: Fax:
  • Report Details
    Number of Pages:
    Grant/Contract #:
    68-01-7047, Work Assignment No. 52
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    Date Linked: 05/28/2009