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Emerging research indicates that replacing traditional agricultural crops with biomass or other high-value crops can not only be profitable for the farmer but also reduce pollution in waterways. Poplar and willow along with switch grass have been studied as substitutes for domestic bioenergy market supply with potential for economic benefits, especially in rural communities. EFC assisted the William Penn Foundation in exploring opportunities and challenges to working buffers in the Delaware River Basin. Specifically, we worked with project partners to design, coordinate, and complete a working buffers demonstration project and prepare a technical report on potential investment opportunities based on the outcomes of the demonstration project and other synergistic work. Finally, EFC worked with partners to develop investment case scenarios to communicate with funders, biomarkets, emerging markets, and suppliers (landowners).