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Chesapeake Bay Program Office, Room 305
410 Severn Ave. Annapolis, MD

Keeping ecosystems and the services they generate intact can contribute millions of dollars of economic benefit to counties and their residents.

Tracy Stanton, a Senior Program Manager with Earth Economics, will discuss ongoing projects and results of economic assessments done in partnership with local governments to help them better understand the value and costs of local land use policies and practices.

Earth Economics quantifies the value of land use regulations and capital projects designed to mitigate long-term flood damage. For example, in Pierce County, WA, their analysis showed that if current land use regulations had been in place 50 years ago, and they had been en-forced, the county would have saved millions of dollars. Earth Economics is also using the value of ecosystem services to inform such things as legislative actions and the update of Critical Areas Ordinances and Shoreline Master Pro-grams in WA State.