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Estuary is $10 billion asset: In economic drought, impact study shows Delaware Estuary is a major asset

Estuary is $10 billion asset:  In economic drought, impact study shows Delaware Estuary is a major asset

In the first economic impact study of the Delaware Estuary in 20 years, researchers from the University of Delaware’s Water Resources Agency (WRA) have found the watershed—which covers 0.2 percent of the continental U.S., yet supplies drinking water to 2 percent of the U.S. population—contributes over $10 billion annually to the region’s economy. Calling the figure “a conservative estimate,” the researchers measured the value of the tidal Delaware River, Delaware Bay and tributaries in three different ways.