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Economic Ecology™ – Maximizing Economic and Environmental Returns through Floodplain Restoration is a Course

Economic Ecology™ – Maximizing Economic and Environmental Returns through Floodplain Restoration

Mar 1 - Feb 28, 2021


Full course description


Solving water quality, flooding, and habitat restoration issues are significant challenges faced by many local governments in the Chesapeake Bay region and beyond. Solutions and data to meet regulatory requirements and achieve other local priorities often require a significant amount of time and resources. However, viewing landscapes as part of a whole watershed – rather than independent projects – and restoring those landscapes to their natural state, can be more cost effective than conventional approaches and provide significant economic and other benefits to a community. This course provides an overview of Economic Ecology™, a regional approach to solving water-resource issues that maximizes both economic and environmental returns on investment. Successful case studies from the Lititz Watershed in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania are used to demonstrate the economic rewards of tackling these environmental issues on a regional scale, specifically through floodplain restoration.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Economic Ecology (30 min)

Module 2: Lititz Run Watershed – A National Model (55 min)

Module 3: Lititz Run Watershed – Applying Economic Ecology (35 min)

Module 4: Lititz Run Watershed – Maximizing Economic Ecology (40 min)

Course Developers

                          MOST Center

This MOST Center course was developed by LandStudies, Inc. in partnership with the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland. Case stories from LandStudies’ nearly 30 years of experience in the Lititz Run watershed are highlighted to demonstrate how communities can tackle local challenges while maximizing both economic and environmental returns on investment.


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Release Date:
March 2019
Time Limit:
Until February 28, 2021
2 hours 40 minutes
$30 Now FREE*
Eligible for:
Certificate of Completion
Includes but not limited to: Government Officials, Community Leaders, Developers, Corporations, Land Planners, Real-estate Managers, and Policy-makers


*Users may enroll in this course free of charge until February 28, 2021 or until Open Learning registrations across all MOST Center courses reach 2,300.

Course Notice: Non-credit courses and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) do not post to the University of Maryland transcript and do not count towards a student's academic record. Neither a grade nor credit is earned. Students do not receive a University ID card and will not be granted access to University facilities such as recreation, transportation, and campus events. Non-credit students may access UMD Libraries as Visitors; see

This is an Office of Extended Studies (OES) administered course. Contact OES if you experience any issues enrolling:


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