Assessment of Economic and Water Quality Impacts of Land Use Change Using a Simple Bioeconomic Model

Environmental Management, Vol. 42, No. 1, pp. 122-131, 2008

Posted: 28 Mar 2008 Last revised: 18 Nov 2013

See all articles by Gandhi R. Bhattarai

Gandhi R. Bhattarai

United Health Group

Puneet Srivastava

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Luke Marzen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Diane Hite

Auburn University - Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

Upton Hatch

North Carolina State University

Abstract

The objective of this study is to assess the economic and water quality impact of land use change in a small watershed in the Wiregrass region of Alabama. The study compares changes in water quality and revenue from agricultural and timber production due to changes in land use between years 1992 and 2001. The study was completed in two stages. In the first stage, a biophysical model was used to estimate the effect of land use change on nitrogen and phosphorus runoff and sediment deposition in the main channel; in the second stage, farm enterprise budgeting tools were used to estimate the economic returns for the changes in land use condition. Both biophysical and economic results are discussed, and a case for complex optimization to develop a decision support system is presented.

Keywords: Water Quality, Bioeconomic Modeling, Land Use Change

JEL Classification: Q24, Q25

Suggested Citation

Bhattarai, Gandhi R. and Srivastava, Puneet and Marzen, Luke and Hite, Diane and Hatch, Upton, Assessment of Economic and Water Quality Impacts of Land Use Change Using a Simple Bioeconomic Model. Environmental Management, Vol. 42, No. 1, pp. 122-131, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1113643

Gandhi R. Bhattarai (Contact Author)

United Health Group ( email )

9900 Bren Road East
Minnetonka, MN 55343
United States
860-221-0355 (Phone)

Puneet Srivastava

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Luke Marzen

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Diane Hite

Auburn University - Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology ( email )

Comer Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
United States
334-844-5655 (Phone)
334-844-5639 (Fax)

Upton Hatch

North Carolina State University ( email )

Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27695
United States

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