Policy Documents

Estimating Potential Reduction Flood Benefits of Restored Wetlands

Kenneth W. Potter –

Throughout the summer of 1993 a recurring question was the impact of wetland damage on the severity of flooding in the Upper Mississippi River watershed. In the aftermath of the flooding, a dominant policy question has been the potential role of wetland restoration in reducing future flooding damages. Sharing the Challenges makes several specific recommendations on this issue, focusing mainly on federal recognition of the flood-mitigation benefits of wetland restoration. Shabman (1994) discusses the analytical framework required to estimate the economic value of specific restoration alternatives. At framework presupposes the requisite technical ability to assess the flood-mitigating impacts of wetland restoration. Does the current state of the art justify this assumption?