What is the Nanticoke River Worth?

The Nanticoke River watershed stretches 88.5 miles from Delaware into Maryland and is home to over 90,000 people (US Census Bureau, 2010). By conducting one of the first economic studies in the region, researchers from the University of Delaware Water Resources Center were able to conclude that the water, natural resources, and ecosystems of the Nanticoke River watershed contribute over $3.7 billion annually to the region’s economy.