The costs to the U.S. society of accelerated erosion and water flow were estimated in 1995 at 17 billion dollars per year (Pimentel et al., 1995).
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Pimentel, D., C. Harvey, P. Resosudarmo, D. Sinclair, D. Kurz, M. McNair, S. Crist, L. Shpritz, L. Fitton, R.Saffouri, & R. Blair. 1995. Environmental and economic cost of soil erosion and conservation benefits. Science 267(24), 1117-1123.