Wetlands

How Wetlands Benefit Us

Do you know what the word “benefits” means? It means good stuff you get from something.

Here are some of the benefits we get from wetlands:

Wetlands help keep our homes from flooding and our water from getting gross.
Because they act like giant sponges when it rains, wetlands give water a place to go besides into your house! Wetlands provide natural flood controls.
They also help filter our water so that much of the gunk gets taken out of it before we need to use it.
Wetlands benefit us because they help protect our property and our health!

Wetlands give us places to have fun fishing and boating.
Because they are places with lots of diversity, wetlands make some of the best places to go fishing. They also give us fun places to ride on a boat.
Wetlands benefit us because they give us places to have fun!

Wetlands give us places to watch birds and other wildlife. Birds and wildlife that may not always live in wetlands love to visit them because there is so much to eat. That gives us more wildlife to watch! Wetlands are great places to watch alligators, herons, roseate spoonbills, and lots of other interesting wildlife. Wetlands benefit those who like to watch all the cool things that wildlife do!

Coastal wetlands help those who have jobs shrimping and fishing. Without healthy coastal wetlands, Texans who make their living by shrimping and fishing wouldn’t be able to make enough money to take care of their families. Coastal wetlands give baby shrimp and many kinds of baby fish safe places to grow up until they can migrate to the ocean. Without healthy coastal wetlands, many Texas shrimpers and fishermen wouldn’t have jobs.Coastal wetlands benefit Texas shrimpers and fishermen!
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department – How Wetlands Benefit Us

Texas Constitution
Code – Natural Resources
Chapter – 221 Wetland Mitigation

Hurricane Sandy Mitigation Projects Overview and Specific Project Examples

How gulf coast’s wetlands mitigate the force of a hurricane

Earth Economics – Wetlands, Hurricanes and the Economy: The Value of Restoring the Mississippi River Delta

EPA – Wetlands: Protecting Life and Property from Flooding

NBC – Rebuilding Wetlands: Do Hurricanes Help

Nature Conservancy – Marine Restoration Week: Tales from the Cab — Risk & Restoration in SE Louisiana

Time – Restoring Wetlands Key to Avoiding Another Katrina

How Katrina and Rita Affected the Delta

Louisiana’s Wetlands: A Lesson in Nature Appreciation

How Hurricanes Shape Wetlands in Southern Louisiana

The Value of Coastal Wetlands for Hurricane Protection

Post Sandy, Wetlands Could Help Shore Up NYC’s Defense

Houston Chronicle – Restoration of wetlands could provide crucial storm buffer

NWF – Hurricanes and Wetlands

Restoring Wetlands Key to Avoiding Another Katrina

NRG – Cedar Bayou ecocenter

Galveston Bay Foundation – Wetlands Restoration

Pine Brook Wetlands Restoration

Katy Prairie Stream Mitigation Bank

Houston Chronicle – Wetlands Restored on Katy Prairie

Katy Prairie Stream Mitigation Bank

Houston Chronicle – Review: Developers failing to follow wetlands mandate

MIT – Strategies for Urban Stormwater Wetlands Los Angeles and Houston

USA Today – ‘Treatment wetlands’ clean up some cities’ sewage

NY Times – Small Towns Build Artificial Wetlands to Treat Sewage

Next City – New Portland Plan Addresses Walksheds and Watersheds Together

Why This is the Greatest Threat to Florida’s Vanishing Shorelines

Smithsonian Magazine – Dallas Proposes the Country’s Largest Urban Park

American Rivers – Plan Approved for Largest Wetland Restoration in North America