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Wetlands

Wetland Lica Melbourne June2014Wetlands are incredible ecosystems that provide food and habitat to thousands of species, as well as dozens of migrating birds and waterfowl. But wetlands aren’t only important to wildlife; they help humans, too! Wetlands filter out pollutants from surface water run-off, including nitrates and phosphorous from agricultural fields. They help us in times of flooding by absorbing water like a sponge, and storing that water to be released in drier periods when we need it most.

In Iowa alone, we have lost 90% of our natural wetlands. That’s why the Water Rocks! team is passionate about raising awareness about the many wonders of wetlands. We encourage educators, students, and families to get excited about this amazing natural resource, and get engaged by learning about how to help bring wetlands back!

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