Google+Publication Details - Innovations in Market-Based Watershed Conservation in the United States
Español | Français | Home
Return to Homepage
Search the Site Flickr Twitter Facebook Google Plus
Newsletter newsletter signup
Search the Site
Featured Publication featured publication
A Landscape Perspective on Monitoring A Landscape Perspective on Monitoring & Evaluation for Sustainable Land Management
Trainers' Manual

Buck, Kozar, Recha, et al.

More Pubs Search the Site

Support Us how to help

Support Us
Take Action

CFC Campaign

Aid For Africa

« Back to Full Listings

Publications and Reports » Details

Innovations in Market-Based Watershed Conservation in the United States

Payments for Watershed Services for Agricultural and Forest Landowners

 

Terhi Majanen, Rachel Friedman, Jeffrey C. Milder - EcoAgriculture Partners

 

Download GET DOCUMENT

 

 

Abstract

Water is crucial for many human needs, yet water resources in the United States face unprecedented threats from pollution, urbanization, aquifer depletion, and many other challenges. A variety of programs and incentives has been developed to foster watershed stewardship on private agricultural and forest lands. One such approach is payments for watershed services (PWS). This voluntary, market-based mechanism offers cash payments or other benefits to landowners in exchange for providing “watershed services” through the adoption of specific agricultural, forestry, or land management practices. For instance, landowners may manage water quantity through practices that recharge aquifers, store flood waters, or control the timing and amount of water withdrawals, or they may manage water quality through erosion control or pollution attenuation measures. This study surveyed new or emerging PWS project models in order to understand their scale, characteristics, and future potential. Findings from the survey are examined in the report. Further details on each of the PWS projects identified are available at the Conservation Registry, an online repository of conservation projects in the United States.

 

Document Stats:

Release Date: June 2011
File Type: PDF [PDF]
File Size: 1003 KB
Journal:

 

Copyright Ecoagriculture Partners. All Rights Reserved.
1100 17th Street N.W. | Suite 600 | Washington, D.C. 20036 USA | Tel: +1 202 393 5315 | Fax: +1 202 393 2424 | info@ecoagriculture.org