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Gund Tea: Keri Bryan and Taylor Ricketts, Valuing Ecosystem Services in Vermont: Flood Mitigation and the Otter Creek Wetlands

Keri Bryan, UVM PhD Candidate, and Taylor Ricketts, Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and RSENR Professor, discuss a recent project to quantify the value of the Otter Creek wetlands.  

Following Hurricane Irene, Rutland Vt experienced more severe flooding than Middlebury, which lies downstream of Rutland on Otter Creek. This difference has largely been attributed to role of the Otter Creek wetlands in storing flood water and releasing it downstream gradually. Keri and Taylor will present the preliminary results of a study seeking to quantify the value, in economic terms, of the Otter Creek wetlands in preventing flood damages to Middlebury following Hurricane Irene.

A Production of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, an affiliate of the Rubenstein School for Environment & Natural Resources at the University of Vermont

This event is part of the weekly Gund Tea Series, an opportunity for affiliates of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and the broader University community to engage in robust discussion about topical research, current events, and relevant theory.

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