Impact targets versus discharge standards in agricultural pollution management

John B. Braden, Robert S. Larson, Edwin E. Herricks

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When attempting to protect fish in streams, sediment or erosion targets are inefficient. Use of a habitat suitability target reveals lower cost abatement measures because it accounts for pesticides as well as soil particles. In Lake Michigan case studies, the lower cost measures involve more crop diversity, less use of no-till, and changes on more acres than the solutions based on sediment discharges or erosion rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-397
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1991


  • Environmental policy
  • Fish
  • Nonpoint pollution
  • Optimization
  • Targets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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