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Community Environmental Program

Toolbox Spreadsheets

What are the Toolbox Spreadsheets?

The documents in the Community Environmental Program’s Toolbox are spreadsheets designed to help you estimate the economic benefits and costs at the individual level with regards to several water quality Best Management Practices: streambank stabilization, home wastewater treatment, vegetative buffers, and tillage.

Why should they be used?

Many estimation tools take into account the environmental impact of implementing BMPs. The spreadsheets offered by the Office of Local Government take the estimations one step further to include the economical benefits and costs of implementing BMPs. These tools will help you determine which BMP has the optimum mix of environmental and economic impact for your situation.

How can I make this happen?

Use the following links to download the spreadsheets:

Streambank Stabilization
This tool will be useful for agricultural producers, land managers, and government agency employees who want more information on the economic impact of stabilizing eroding streambanks. It allows users to evaluate the economic benefits and costs of streambank stabilization projects, and will help them decide if stabilizing an eroding streambank makes sense for their operation. Benefit and cost estimates take into account the latest government cost-share assistance and construction costs.

Home Wastewater Treatment
Homeowners and property managers who want more information on economic impact of installing wastewater treatment facilities (i.e., septic tank or lagoon) will find this tool useful. It allows users to evaluate the economic benefits and costs of installing a new wastewater treatment system. Benefit and cost estimates take into account the latest government cost-share assistance and construction costs.

Vegetative Buffer
This tool was created for agricultural producers and land managers who want more information on the economic benefits and costs of installing vegetative buffers. It will also help the user determine if a buffer makes sense for their operation. Benefit and cost estimates take into account the latest government cost-share assistance and construction costs.

Tillage
Agricultural producers and land managers who want more information on the economic impact of converting conventional tillage cropping systems to limited or no till will be interested in this tool. It allows users to evaluate the economic benefits and costs of alternative tillage management strategies, and helps them decide if reducing tillage is a feasible option for their operation.