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From Policy to Implementation: Expanding the Agricultural Phosphorus Management Toolkit in the Lake Erie Basin

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Title: From Policy to Implementation: Expanding the Agricultural Phosphorus Management Toolkit in the Lake Erie Basin
Author: Lee, Erinn
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Rural Planning and Development
Advisor: Longboat, Sheri
Abstract: Phosphorus plays a critical role in the re-eutrophication of Lake Erie. This research aims to inform the development of alternative phosphorus management approaches that contribute to reducing phosphorus loss into Lake Erie from agricultural sources, particularly cash crop and vegetable farms. The research employs a mixed-methods approach: a Policy Delphi to identify supported phosphorus management approaches followed by one-on-one interviews with farmers to determine place-based implementation considerations of the identified options and to provide their own suggestions. The Policy Delphi generated 88 ideas for agricultural phosphorus management. 37 of these received ratings of High Consensus, Weakly Support-Strongly Support and/or Strongly Support in the Policy Delphi. This thesis offers an overview of desirability and feasibility considerations of these policy options, as well as an improved understanding of farmer preferences and challenges and the interplay between agri-environmental policy development, implementation and communication.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/16238
Date: 2019-05
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