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Conserv and Partners release Groundwater Ecosystem Services Study


Conserv: Marketplace for Ecosystem Restoration, working with The Center for Sustainable Groundwater, and Virginia Groundwater, LLC, have completed the study Underground Albemarle Revisited: The Role of Groundwater Ecosystem Services in Determining an Optimal Sustainable Population Size for the Charlottesville/Albemarle Community. The study was prepared for the non-profit organization, Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population (ASAP).

The purpose of the study is to consider how groundwater management policy impacts optimal sustainable population size (OSPS) in Albemarle County and The City of Charlottesville, Virginia within an ecosystem services framework. The specific research question explored in this paper is – Does groundwater availability impact the determination of an optimal sustainable population size in Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville and if so, what is that impact? The study embraces a holistic approach to exploring linkages between human population, land use, surface water and groundwater resources.

The report in its entirety is available below. Conserv requests a $25.00 donation for those that download the report and plan to use its contents for professional purposes. Alternatively, a check to the Center for Sustainable Groundwater, P.O. Box 1424, Charlottesville, Va., 22902 or to Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population is also appreciated.

The Role of Groundwater Ecosystem Services in Determining an Optimal Population Size for the Charlottesville/Albemarle Community

Please contact Michael Collins at 540-661-7379 for more information.


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