Freeing rivers seems to increase property values

In good news for boats who prefer a natural run of river with plentiful native fish and wildlife, recent research put out by American Rivers gives economic heft to go with natural beauty. In two recent studies, one by a professor at my alma mater, Bates College in Lewiston, ME, property values seemed to be positively effected by dam removal initiatives. And this doesn’t even factor in other hard and soft benefits. It will be a nice day when the field of environmental economics REALLY gets going…

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