Wetlands, Extreme Rain, and Climate Change

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Wetlands, extreme rain, and climate change—on this CurrentCast.

Wetlands were once seen as boggy, buggy swamps with no value. Many were filled in and paved over to make room for new development. William Coon, a hydrologist with the US Geological Survey, says today we know better.

Hard Rain

Coon: “They allow for the water in the system to spread out, to slow down.” .

The more it rains, the more critical it is to have wetlands to slow and store water and to filter pollutants. And since climate change is predicted to bring more extreme rain events to the Northeast and Midwest, wetlands will be a critical line of defense.

So preserving them is more important than ever as we brace for the wild weather coming our way.

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  • Read Quarterly Climate Impacts, Sept 2016 from Great Lakes Region Partners.

  • Read GBF's summary of climate change impacts.
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