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Do Nonprofits Encourage Compliance? Watershed Groups and the US Clean Water Act
RFF Academic Seminar

Laura Grant​, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

We measure how watershed nonprofits influence enforcement of and compliance with the Clean Water Act. We link data on inspections, violations, enforcement actions and penalties from the EPA with watershed groups' characteristics and finances. Our results at both the state and the local level suggest that inspections decrease as the number of groups increase. We find a decrease in violations at the local level, particularly the most serious classifications. While watershed groups have an impact on firm compliance at the watershed level, the effect appears not to operate through influence on official regulatory channels, but instead through indirect oversight.

Thursday, March 28, 2013
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch will be provided

7th Floor Conference Center
1616 P St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

All seminars will be in the 7th Floor Conference Room at RFF, 1616 P Street NW.  Attendance is open, but involves pre-registration no later than two days prior to the event. For questions and to register to an event, please contact Khadijah Hill at (tel. 202-328-5174). Updates to our academic seminars schedule will be posted at​​​​

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