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Webinar: How Much is a River Worth? Understanding the Economic Impact of the Huron River and Water Trail

December 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Webinar: How Much is a River Worth? Understanding the Economic Impact of the Huron River and Water Trail (sponsored by the National Water Trails Peer Network)

Have you ever wished for documented data calculating the economic impact of your urban waterway? The Huron River Watershed Council did just that! Join this webinar to learn how they partnered with a local university, mobilized volunteers and got to work to estimate the economic value worth of their river.Please share this opportunity with others in your network.

Registration: The webinar is FREE but please register.


In 2016, the Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) commissioned a unique study to measure the economic impact of the river on local communities, focusing on Huron River Water Trail activities and the value of natural systems that maintain a healthy, clean river. Through The Economic Impact of the HURON RIVER study, a Grand Valley State University research team quantified the recreation-related spending attributed to the Huron River and the value of the river’s ecosystem services.  They found the river’s contribution to the local economy to be enormous.

Having clear and trusted information about the economic value of your river can help support your conservation message, engage new partners, and guide future investments.  Join us for this webinar to learn the details of how the study was conducted, its key findings and how HRWC anticipates using the information to support its ongoing work. This webinar is sponsored by the National Water Trails Peer Network, a peer network for Trail Managers of the National Water Trails System.


  • Elizabeth Riggs, Huron River Watershed Council Deputy Director
  • Dr. Paul Isely, Grand Valley State University Associate Dean and Principle Investigator


December 19, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm