Economic Value

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The Nanticoke River watershed stretches 88.5 miles from Delaware into Maryland and is home to over 90,000 people (US Census Bureau, 2010). By conducting one of the first economic studies in the region, researchers from the University of Delaware Water Resources Center were able to conclude that the water, natural resources, and ecosystems of the Nanticoke River watershed contribute over $3.7 billion annually to the region’s economy

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“We don’t think about it, but we can save a lot of money by letting nature do what it’s supposed to do,” points out Lisa Wool of the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance. “Think of wetlands as a sponge, absorbing pollution and sediment before it can enter our rivers. This means wetlands can reduce flooding in urban areas, make our drinking water cleaner, and can even and decrease our need to dredge. We call these ‘ecosystem services’; they are things ecosystems do already that provide a service to humans.”

– Lisa Wool

Executive Director, Nanticoke Watershed Alliance

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