To secure a long-term sustainable water future, investments are needed in watershed protection and restoration. However, these investments can be costly and lead to tradeoffs with development and other activities. In order to evaluate these tradeoffs, we need information on how water quality and quantity is changing, along with how those changes affect our social and economic wellbeing.
To address this need, Dr. Bonnie Keeler, a research scientist at the Institute on the Environment where she oversees the Natural Capital Project, is studying the value of clean water in Minnesota. Along with colleagues, she recently published research on the costs of nitrate contamination and the value of clean water to lake recreation. Using tools from ecology and economics, Keeler is understanding the connections between water quality and wellbeing - information that can better inform the design of policy or incentive programs and more efficiently target investments in restoration and protection. Keeler will discuss her work on water quality valuation, along with related projects led by the Natural Capital Project that are elevating the value of nature in decision-making.
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The Brainerd Area Environmental Learning Network (BAELN) is proud to be offering its twelfth year of professional development and timely information on environmental and sustainability issues for professionals and community members. BAELN is a collaborative effort of: Central Lakes College, Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, citizen representation, Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District, Initiative Foundation, MN Department of Natural Resources, MN Department of Transportation, MN Pollution Control Agency, The Nature Conservancy, and University of Minnesota Extension.
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