Wetlands, and why we need them

NPR ran a complicated story today about the environmental importance of wetlands and how hard it is to preserve them. Seems that homeowners whose houses were adjacent to coastal wetlands were much less likely to experience devastating flooding during Hurricane Sandy, because of the wetlands’ mitigating effects. Ironically, as a result of the storm, two acres of a 24-acre undeveloped wetland were filled in with sand and may now be eligible for development. A complicated situation to think about.


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