Project Elements: Environmental and Geospatial Assessment, Ecosystem Benefits Analysis, Watershed Conservation Prioritization, Natural Capital Asset Map and Decision Support Application
Date: Fall 2014
Description: The South Platte Natural Capital Assessment valuated natural capital (or green infrastructure) throughout the South Platte watershed in Colorado. A diverse team cataloged existing data sources, identified the most important natural assets in the watershed, and then mapped the natural capital and valued the ecosystem services found throughout the South Platte watershed. Resource assessment and decision support toolswere produced to assist members of the South Platte River Urban Waters Partnership and other stakeholders with prioritizing future investments in conservation or restoration throughout the watershed.
Total Area: 3,839,784 Acres
Ecosystem Services: $ 7.4 billion per year
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