EPA Releases Fact Sheet on the Economic Benefits of Protecting Healthy Watersheds
Posted: May 31, 2012
EPA’s Healthy Watersheds Initiative is intended to protect the Nation’s remaining healthy watersheds, prevent them from becoming impaired, and accelerate restoration successes. It encourages interested states to take a strategic, systems approach to protecting healthy watersheds that recognizes the dynamic and interconnected nature of aquatic ecosystems.
The fact sheet describes studies that demonstrate protecting healthy watersheds can reduce capital costs for water treatment plants and reduce damages to property and infrastructure due to flooding, thereby avoiding future costs. Additionally, examples in the fact sheet show that protecting healthy watersheds can generate revenue through property value premiums, recreation, and tourism. This fact sheet directs readers to important resources to learn more about the substantial efforts to monetize ecosystem services from across the country. It is also a resource for those doing outreach to promote the protection of healthy watersheds. The fact sheet is available at: http://www.epa.gov/healthywatersheds.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Assessment and Watershed Protection Division