Policy Analysis of Water Management for the Netherlands

Vol. III, Screening of Eutrophication Control Tactics

by James C. DeHaven


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This volume describes a screening analysis of eutrophication control tactics for the Netherlands. It determines which tactics are promising by developing estimates of possible tactics' potential effectiveness and costs in Dutch waters on the basis of the literature and a few model results. The tactics considered in the analysis include not only those for reducing phosphate loads incorporated in the current Dutch eutrophication control policy, but also tactics that are possible complements or substitutes for that policy. An attempt is made to demonstrate that different features of Dutch waters can make conventional control tactics ineffectual. These and other possible control tactics are examined to determine their potential effectiveness, costs, and adverse effects in the Dutch context. Finally, a small number of promising tactics are identified, ones whose attractiveness seems sufficient to merit further evaluation.

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