Water is a vital natural resource. We use it in our homes, our businesses, and our communities in many ways including drinking, waste processing, manufacturing, transportation, power generation, recreation, agriculture, and forestry.
The Department is actively engaged in a variety of issues related to water quality, use and conservation through our teaching, our research and our Extension programs.
Many of the classes we offer address water resources and water-related topics. These include:
- AREC 315 - Agricultural and Environmental Law
- AREC 430 - Food and Agricultural Policy
- AREC 470 - Policy Analysis for Environmental and Natural Resource Management
- AREC 570 - Advanced Natural Resource Economics
- AREC 670 - Advanced Topics in Natural Resource Economics
Our students also take classes in other departments in CASNAR and the University that relate to water issues. Several are listed in the Natural Resource and Environmental Economics concentration.
Faculty in our department are leading innovative investigations focusing on water issues. Some of this work is organized under the natural resource and environmental management priority program while other research is part of the agricultural resource policy program. Several of our faculty also participate in the Natural Resource Policy Center. Faculty include:
Recent publications include:
- A Spatial Assessment of Possible Water Quality Trading Markets in Tennessee
Roberts, D.C., C.D. Clark, W.M. Park and B.C. English
in press. Review of Agricultural Economics
- Economic Incentives for Water
Management in the Middle East and North Africa
Russell, C.S., C.D. Clark and E.C. Schuck
International Journal of Water, Resources Development 23(4) (December): 653-71, 2007
- Investing in Water Quality: Measuring Benefits, Costs and Risks
Russell, C.S., W J. Vaughan, C.D. Clark, D. J. Rodriguez, and A.H. Darling
Inter-American Development Bank; Washington, D.C., 2001.
- Using Economic Instruments to Control Nonpoint
Russell, C.S., and C.D. Clark
Water Quality Management in the Americas. A. K. Biswas, C., 2006.
Tortajada, B. Braga and D.J. Rodriguez (Eds). Springer Verlag (November).
- A Role for Geospatial Information Systems in
Identifying Potential Tennessee Water Quality Trading Markets
Roberts, D., and C.D. Clark
Proceedings of the Fifteenth Tennessee Water Resources Symposium, Burns, Tennessee, April 13-15., 2005
- Water Quality Trading: A Cost-Effective Way to Improve Water Quality in Tennessee?
Clark, C.D., W. Park and E. Bazen
Proceedings of the Fourteenth Tennessee Water Resources Symposium, Burns, Tennessee, March 31 - April 2: 2C-21 - 2C-26., 2004
One of our Extension faculty chairs an interdisciplinary team that provides leadership for water resource outreach education. This team has developed a number of publications and other materials including a farmstead self-assessment program and a home self-assessment program . The department also provided leadership for the Extension portion of the Beaver Creek hydrologic unit area program .