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James Ray • Durham, NC

Clean Water For All: an analysis highlighting the economic benefits of collaborative source water protection efforts for rural communities and their downstream neighbors.

Project Description

This project will use the Jordan Lake watershed within North Carolina as the basis of a cost-benefit analysis focusing on benefits for rural communities that participate in source water protection programs. Various scenarios will be included within the analysis to incorporate different livelihoods, land uses, and management practices to broaden the applicability of the results to other watersheds throughout the U.S. so utilities can learn about strategies that could serve as the basis of their own source water protection efforts.

Project Goals

Through my research and outreach I hope to facilitate the establishment of source water protection programs that equitably integrate rural communities by highlighting agricultural practices that bring economic benefits to farmers and water quality improvements to downstream water users.

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If you are interested in contacting this Fellow, please email Gail Parson, Director of Membership & Engagement, at gail@e2.org.

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