The people of Massachusetts have long understood the benefits that restored ecosystems provide for humans and wildlife, but until recently the economic value of that restoration hadn’t been quantified. To address this information gap, we commissioned three studies to estimate the economic benefits produced by our restoration projects. We learned that investment in ecological restoration creates jobs, stimulates the economy and helps communities save money in the long term. By restoring the functions that generate ecosystem services, we also make Massachusetts an even better place to live. Below you'll find a summary of the reports, the full reports and 2019 economic impact analysis of two specific dam removals.