Projects

Assessing Policies to Improve Water Quality in Agricultural Landscapes

Principal Investigator - Dr. Alfons Weersink, Department of Food, Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of Guelph, 2012-2015

Outputs

In order to disseminate information to end-users, researchers have participated in several workshops:

  • Heartland Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop, Champaign Illinois, 2013
  • Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Meeting, Farm & Food Care, 2013 & 2014
  • Canadain Water Network-Connecting Water Resources 2013- Changing the Water Paradigm

Additionally, this research has been disseminated through several presentations:

  • Canadian Water Network- Origin, Occurrence and Fate of Nitrate in Sedimentary Bedrock Groundwater in the Maritimes, 2013 Annual Meeting in Charlottetown
  • Canadian Water Network- Origin, Occurrence and Fate of Nitrate in Sedimentary Bedrock Groundwater in the Maritimes, 2014 Annual Meeting in Charlottetown
  • Canadian Water Network- Origin, Occurrence and Fate of Nitrate in Sedimentary Bedrock Groundwater in the Maritimes, 2015 Annual Meeting in Charlottetown
  • Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network Annual Meeting, 2013
  • Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network Annual Meeting, 2014
  • Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network Annual Meeting, 2015
  • Canadian Agricultural Economics Society 2014 annual meeting, Vancouver BC
  • Poster Presentation: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 2013 annual meeting, Washington DC

This research has resulted in scholarly journal publications and end-user reports:

  • MSc thesis of Erin Bishop
  • Manuscript. A paper from Erin Bishop's thesis is in review at Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment
  • Anticipated Master’s thesis. Jenn Leslie is examining the cost-effectiveness of Ontario's Nutrient Management Act in improving water quality

Outcomes

  • Strengthened relationships with end-users. Worked with policy makers within the PEI government, hydrologists from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada AFC, and stakeholders from the potato farming group.