WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL
Project ID: 2002CA4B
Title: Voluntary Compliance Versus Mandatory Sanctions: A Natural Experiment in Water Quality Regulation
Project Type: Research
Focus Categories: Water Quality, Law, Institutions, and Policy, Agriculture
Keywords: water quality, voluntary compliance, command-and-control, livestock, dairy
Start Date: 03/01/2002
End Date: 02/28/2003
Federal Funds: $10,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $15,495
Congressional District: 43
University of California, Davis campus
Paul Sabatier PI
Dept of Environmental Science & Policy, Davis campus
The PI will share with 4 other PIs from California in the award allocation.
The research will evaluate the voluntary compliance approach to water quality regulation being practiced in the dairy and livestock industries in counties north of San Francisco Bay. It will explore the relative effectiveness of voluntary compliance versus manditory sanctions and how compliance has improved water quality. It will explore which of the hypothesized mechanisms are important e.g. education and outreach, promoting an environmental ethic, trust-building. The research will include an original analysis of 9 years of water quality data and an original survey of all dairy and livestock producers in the region.