NJDEP has recently released a report on ‘natural capital’ in New Jersey – overall $20 billion/year. This includes both ecosystem services and ecosystem goods. It turns out that water provides a very prominent portion of the state's natural capital. For example, the report cites wetlands as providing over 90% of the value of ecosystems services, primarily from freshwater but also saltwater wetlands (about $9.4 billion/yr for freshwater and $1.2 billion/year for saltwater). Water resources are an important contributor to ecosystems goods.
To see the report for yourself, visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/dsr/naturalcap/
We'd like to hear your thoughts about the report itself and what it means (or should mean) to various interests - government officials, developers, academia, advocacy groups, etc.