5 expensive things wetlands do for free

1. Filtration
Wetlands are like kidneys, filtering pollution from runoff before it enters our waterways.
Taskinas Creek
Wastewater treatment plants serve a similar purpose but cost millions of dollars each.
Wastewater Facility
2. Nursery Grounds
Wetlands nurture the young of many commercially & recreationally important species.
Oak Island
Hatcheries are expensive to run, and vulnerable to disease outbreaks and other effects of crowding.
Wastewater Facility
3. Store Carbon
Wetlands temper global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide from the air.
Forested wetland
Human efforts to capture and store carbon are costly, with unknown side-effects.
Carbon capture and injection.
4. Minimize Flooding
Wetlands soak up excess rainfall and slow runoff.
Flooded wetland
Levees cost millions per mile and encourage flood-plain development. Their sudden failure can lead to catastrophe.
Levee Breach
5. Control Erosion
Coastal wetlands protect shorelines from scour by waves.
Levee Breach
Bulkheads are costly and can actually worsen the erosion they are meant to control.
Levee Breach