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ELI publishes Research Reports available for free download that present the analysis and conclusions of the policy studies ELI undertakes to improve environmental law and policy. These reports contribute to education of the profession and disseminate diverse points of view and opinions to stimulate a robust and creative exchange of ideas. Those publications, which express opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of the Institute, its Board of Directors, or funding organizations, exemplify ELI’s commitment to dialogue with all sectors.

Five Things to Consider When Developing and Adapting Water Policies and Programs

Five Things to Consider When Developing and Adapting Water Policies and Programs in the West

Marion Boulicault & Adam Schempp
January 2014

This guidebook identifies common factors that influence the success of water policies or programs in the prior appropriation context, and provides examples of each factor to further clarify the issue. The guidebook is intended to help decision-makers at the state and local levels develop new policies and programs that are best tailored to navigate potential obstacles to achieving the desired outcomes. Read More >

A Handbook for Prioritizing Wetland and Stream Restoration and Protection Using

A Handbook for Prioritizing Wetland and Stream Restoration and Protection Using Landscape Analysis Tools

Eric Sweeney, Philip Womble, Jessica B. Wilkinson, Rebecca Kihslinger and Judith Amsalem
September 2013

A Handbook for Prioritizing Wetland and Stream Restoration and Protection Using Landscape Analysis Tools (2013), provides states, tribes, and local governments with information about the range of tools used by wetland programs across the country to prioritize wetlands and streams for restoration and protection. The handbook is intended to help guide the development, establishment, and refinement of approaches for identifying restoration and protection priorities. Read More >

Estimating U.S. Government Spending on Coal: 2002 - 2010

John Pendergrass, Sara Gersen, Nina Robertson
September 2013

A new ELI study finds that the federal government provided approximately $25.425 billion in financial support for coal production, transport, use, or waste disposal during the period 2002-2010. The majority of these dollars —$16.214 billion—are attributable to tax benefits. Read More >

Catalyzing Redevelopment: Innovative Approaches and Emerging Best Practices in State Petroleum Brownfield Initiatives

Sharee Williamson, Sandra Nichols, Jordan Diamond, Lisa Goldman
July 2013

Across the country, states are experimenting with innovative new approaches to brownfields and petroleum brownfields remediation and redevelopment. Through simplified regulatory processes, new methods for supporting redevelopment, and greater information sharing, states are overcoming longstanding obstacles to remediation projects. This report provides concrete examples of applied practices and programs currently in use throughout the country, along with information about regulatory and procedural changes that states have successfully deployed. Read More >

Shifting the Debate: In Defense of the Equal Access to Justice Act

Brian Korpics, Jay Austin, and Bruce Myers
June 2013