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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Socio-Economic Assessment of Areawide Pest Management of Aquatic Weeds in the Sacramento/ San Joaquin River Delta

Location: Exotic and Invasive Weeds Research

Project Number: 5325-22000-024-14
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 15, 2014
End Date: Sep 30, 2017

Objective:
To compare project results from a new inter-agency effort focused on the integrated management of invasive aquatic weeds with anticipated biological and socioeconomic benefits and milestones of success.

Approach:
Project assessments will be conducted in parallel with program implementation. The socioeconomic assessment will provide an analysis of the costs of the Delta weed control program compared to the costs of the previous control program over the past 5 years. Expected costs include the material, labor and other application outlays for weed control and the expense of mitigating damage due to the weed infestations. Assessments are expected to include the most evident costs such as physical removal costs, mosquito abatement due to West Nile Virus (WNV), changes in water pump maintenance, loss of water exports and other measurable outcomes to improve producer profitability and environmental quality.

Last Modified: 10/1/2014
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