Landowners Encouraged To Convert Old Farmland To Wetlands

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by

State officials want landowners to convert old farmland to wetlands. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for its Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. The government helps landowners install levees and plant native grasses and trees. It’s part of the national Farm Bill and is designed to restore and protect wetlands across the […]

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Are ‘Blue Carbon’ Projects a Win for the Climate and the People?

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 by

The international push to protect blue carbon started around 2009, when the United Nations published a report pointing out that coastal ecosystems capture and store carbon far more efficiently than their drier counterparts. Mangroves and coastal wetlands, for instance, suck up about 10 times more carbon dioxide per acre per year than rainforests do, and store three […]

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Coastal Wetlands Save Millions In Storm Damage

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 by

By Daniel Kelly on October 31, 2016 Scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in collaboration with others from The Nature Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Society, have led an effort to calculate a monetary value for damage reductions provided by coastal wetlands during extreme storms. Their research has touched on a few of […]

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Why are wetlands important?

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017 by

Wetlands are important features in the landscape that provide numerous beneficial services for people and for fish and wildlife. Some of these services, or functions, include protecting and improving water quality, providing fish and wildlife habitats, storing floodwaters and maintaining surface water flow during dry periods. These valuable functions are the result of the unique natural […]

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Coastal Wetlands of the Great Lakes – Bringing People Together to Protect These Unmatched Natural Resources

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017 by

Sprinkled throughout the Great Lakes region, coastal wetlands provide much needed places for fish and wildlife to live. If you enjoy fishing or eating fish from the Great Lakes, or clean drinking water, you are connected to the Great Lakes and its surrounding coastal wetlands. Wetlands provide unequivocal services for people including flood control, […]

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Coastal wetlands offer millions of dollars worth of hurricane protection

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017 by

Healthy, intact coastal wetlands are like a free insurance policy. Hurricane flood protections offered by wetlands are worth millions of dollars, according to a new report on Hurricane Sandy. Researchers used newly designed flood damage models to calculate the property damage costs avoided by the natural buffer offered by wetland acreage. The models incorporated […]

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Living shorelines

Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 by

New Orleans is preparing for storm surges by creating a series of wetland terraces that will absorb floodwater from neighboring streets. The state of Louisiana is working to resurrect coastal wetlands around the Big Easy that have been lost to the sea. These structures will supplement the city’s system of levees and canals. Natural structures […]

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Why streams & wetlands are so important to helping keep our beaches clean

Posted on Friday, June 27th, 2014 by

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