Why We Continue to Develop Floodplains


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Posted on 03/17/2017 by VLCT Communications


Why We Continue to Develop Floodplains: Examining the Disincentives for Conservation in Federal Policy – by Zachary Christin, Earth Economics Project Director, and Michael Kline, Vermont Rivers Program Manager of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation – explores the value of floodplains and explains how the nation’s rivers and floodplains have become physically disconnected, leading to loss of floodplain functions. With federal agencies now incorporating the value of natural infrastructure, or ecosystem services, into federal planning and decision-making, there are opportunities as never before to examine and change the disincentives for floodplain conservation.