The Price of a Drop
Mon May 11, 2015 02:25 PM CDT

How much is rainfall worth? There's no firm price for the precious droplets that fall from passing storms, but municipalities and businesses in North Texas have become interested enough to pay landowners for conservation work to protect it.

As rain falls and crosses private land, landowners become a critical part of the drinking-water supply chain as it drains toward streams, lakes and reservoirs. Their conservation ethics play a role in deciding whether surface water is clean -- or not -- and, to some degree, how plentiful this resource is for consumers.

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