|NEMWI Releases Analysis Parsing Economic Estimates of the Delaware River Basin Ecosystem by Congressional District|
Today NEMWI released an analysis providing economic estimates of the ecosystem goods and services unique to each Congressional District in the Delaware River Basin. NEMWI, with support from the William Penn Foundation, collaborated with University of Delaware researchers to develop the estimates. Ecosystem goods are commodities (like water, fish, minerals, crops, and timber) and ecosystem services are functions (such as flood reduction, water and air filtration, nutrient cycling, and soil conservation) provided by wetlands, forests, farms, and open water. It is often difficult to generate precise estimates of the ecosystem value, yet such estimates are critical to appreciating the value of ecosystem restoration and protection. Congress is considering the merits of the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act (Senate Bill 1266/HR 2325), which would establish a Delaware River Basin restoration program within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to identify, prioritize, and implement restoration and protection activities and management plans for the four-state Delaware Basin region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania), in coordination with federal, state, local, non-profit, and private partners. The ecosystem goods and services valuation is available on the Institute's Website.
For more information contact Erik Hagen, Senior Policy Associate, Northeast-Midwest Institute.