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Case Studies

The following case studies present examples of regional ecosystem service projects and demonstrate the value of incorporating ecosystem services into planning and policy decisions.

Albany-Millersburg Talking Water Gardens

The Albany-Millersburg Talking Water Gardens project uses the natural functions of wetlands to cool treated wastewater released from the municipal water reclamation facility before it enters the Willamette River. The engineered wetlands eliminate the need for additional wastewater treatment infrastructure to manage the environmental impacts of high water temperatures. Read more (pdf) »

Highway Mitigation and Conservation Banking Program

The Oregon Department of Transportation established the Mitigation and Conservation Banking Program to develop mitigation and conservation banks that offset the natural resource impacts of highway construction and maintenance projects.  Read more (pdf) »

West Eugene Wetlands

The West Eugene Wetlands plan led to development of the first city-run mitigation bank in Oregon, enabling the City of Eugene to simplify regulatory processes, preserve ecosystem functions, and incorporate community priorities, such as recreation and education, into management of the wetlands. Read more (pdf) »

Clean Water Services

Clean Water Services supports the restoration of riparian vegetation to provide shade and naturally cool the water along 35 miles of the Tualatin River. This restoration activity eliminates the need for additional wastewater treatment infrastructure to meet regulatory requirements and manage the environmental impacts of high water temperatures. Read more (pdf) »