Strategically Placing Green Infrastructure: Cost-Effective Land Conservation in the Floodplain

Climate models predict storms and flooding will increase in frequency and severity in many regions of the United States in the coming decades. Strategically placed natural lands and open space—often referred to as “green infrastructure”—can reduce damages from flooding and at the same time provide environmental and social co-benefits, including improved water quality in streams and rivers, protection of groundwater sources, and enhanced recreational opportunities.

Journal Article by Carolyn Kousky, Sheila M. Olmstead, Margaret A. Walls, and Molly Macauley — April 1, 2013

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