San Juan County Oil Spill Risk & Consequences Assessment

San Juan County Oil Spill Risk & Consequences Assessment

The shoreline and marine ecosystems of San Juan County provide benefits that would be impractical or even impossible to replace, including water quality, air quality, flood risk reduction, and habitat for threatened and endangered species. Once lost, these services that the county receives for free must be replaced with costly built solutions, which are often less resilient and shorter-lived. Understanding and accounting for ecosystem services reveals the true economic benefits of healthy ecosystems and the true economic damages that pollution events such as oil spills generate for communities like the San Juan County.

The Costs of Sprawl

The Costs of Sprawl

In 2017, Earth Economics consulted with the Puyallup Watershed Initiative to prepare an exploratory report to better understand the potential tradeoffs that can occur when developing properties in incorporated and unincorporated Pierce County.

The Whales in Our Waters

The Whales in Our Waters

To better understand the economic incentives to invest in Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) recovery, Earth Economics conducted an economic contribution analysis to estimate the value of whale watching in San Juan County.

The Public Benefits of Private Forests

The Public Benefits of Private Forests

Forests are among Pierce County's most valuable natural assets, supporting clean water and air, bolstering climate stability, and sustaining local communities.

Building Resilience with Nature

Building Resilience with Nature

Nature and natural infrastructure are critical assets in strengthening cities’ resilience to a broad range of shocks and stresses.

Discovering the Natural Value of Sonoma County

Discovering the Natural Value of Sonoma County

A collaboration among economists and conservation organizations in three counties have released the Healthy Lands & Healthy Economies Initiative – a regional and Sonoma County report that estimates the value of our working and natural lands, our ‘natural capital.’ 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Future Funding Study

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Future Funding Study

Colorado has long been a leader in innovative funding for recreation. The commission is interested in a larger conversation around long-term funding, with the understanding of changing demographics and increased pressure on Colorado’s recreation lands.

THE NATURAL VALUE OF  DISCOVERY PARK

THE NATURAL VALUE OF DISCOVERY PARK

Discovery Park is an important natural asset for the City of Seattle. The park has provided ecosystem benefits for generations, and continues to support a vibrant culture and robust economy today. 

The Food that Grows Out of The Water

The Food that Grows Out of The Water

Wild rice, or manoomin, is central to Ojibwe cultural identity, spiritual traditions, and physical well-being. It is an important species to the ecology of Minnesota’s lakes and rivers and provides critical food and habitat to both endemic and migratory species.

2018 Field Guide: WWRC Outdoor Community Projects

2018 Field Guide: WWRC Outdoor Community Projects

Our connection to the outdoors is embedded in the culture of the Pacific Northwest. The splendor of our natural environment beckons us, defines us, and sustains us. The outdoors are a fundamental part of our unique identity.