State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2010DE182B
Title: The History and Effectiveness of Wetland Mitigation
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 6/01/2010
End Date: 2/28/2011
Congressional District: At Large
Focus Categories: Wetlands, Economics, Law, Institutions, and Policy
Keywords: wetlands mitigation, local economy, government policy
Principal Investigators: Hastings, Steven E.; Simmons, Courtney
Federal Funds: $ 3,500
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 7,000
Abstract: Wetlands are an important facet of our world, playing both economic and ecological roles in our society. In Delaware, wetlands compose 30% of the land and half of its initial wetlands have been lost as result of human activity. Research in the area of wetland mitigation policy will be beneficial because it is important to understand how the removal and redistribution of these ecosystems is affecting the wildlife and natural resources of the region, which in turn influences local and regional economies. This Delaware Water Resources Center internship project focuses on reviewing wetland mitigation practices in the state of Delaware and better understanding their potential economic impacts. The University of Delaware is involved in a wetland mitigation project in which a new wetland will be established on campus to substitute for the destruction of wetland property in the Port of Wilmington. The goal of this research is to determine the economic impacts of this and similar wetlands mitigation projects on local economies and also characterize the role of government agencies, industries, and non-profit organizations in wetlands mitigation.

Progress/Completion Report, 2010, PDF

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