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Wetlands and Flood Protection

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

Many people know that wetlands are nest hideouts, hatcheries and nurseries for a tremendous variety of species. But did you know that they are important for flood protection, too?

  • an acre of wetland can absorb millions of gallons of water that would otherwise flood into human neighborhoods

  • inland wetlands sequester more carbon and methane than any other landscape form

  • vernal pools (the ones that fill up in the spring) are nurseries for salamanders and amphibians who eat mosquitos and mosquito eggs?

When we understand fully how we are cared for and protected by our wetlands, we will stand up to defend them!

Learn more about why wetlands are important on the EPA's website.

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