A recent article in Forbes about the new “restoration” economy notes
that we often associate economic growth with expansion of the
human-built environment — so-called “gray infrastructure,” such as roads
and commercial and residential development. While such expansion has
been good for the economy of our region, it’s been devastating from an
ecological standpoint. All too often, development comes at the expense
of healthy watersheds, wetlands, estuaries and other sensitive
ecosystems critical to a healthy environment.