British wetland restoration at one-tenth of the cost here?

Here’s an interesting article from a British news source: 400-year old dikes are being breached to restore 1,700 acres of tidal wetlands on what is currently farmland, for a price of 17 million British pounds (about $25 million). That is a restoration cost of $15,000 an acre. Wetland restoration projects in Santa Clara County routinely cost more than ten times as much.

Obviously these are very different places, but it would be interesting to see if there’s any lessons we can learn on cost containment, since the costs of restoration are a significant barrier to environmental enhancement.


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