Local governments across the region face a variety of water resource issues to include regulatory compliance, flooding and infrastructure protection, water supply, and more. However, viewing landscapes as part of a whole watershed – rather than independent projects – and restoring those landscapes to their natural state, can be more cost effective than conventional approaches and provide a host of community benefits. This new online course from the MOST Center provides an overview of Economic Ecology™, a regional approach to solving water-resource issues that maximizes both economic and environmental returns on investment. Successful examples from the Lititz Watershed in Lancaster County, PA are used to demonstrate the benefits of addressing environmental issues on a regional scale, specifically through floodplain restoration.

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