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Strategically placing green infrastructure: benefits and costs of land conservation in the floodplain

Environmental Science and Technology 47(8): 3563-70.

Olmstead, Sheila

Green infrastructure approaches have attracted increased attention from local governments as a way to lower flood risk and provide an array of other environmental services. The peer-reviewed literature, however, offers few estimates of the economic impacts of such approaches at the watershed scale. We estimate the avoided flood damages and the costs of preventing development of floodplain parcels in the East River Watershed of Wisconsin

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