|Wetlands are a terrible thing to waste
Why are wetlands important?
Wetlands prevent flooding by holding water much like a sponge. By doing so, wetlands help keep water levels normal and filter and purify the surface water.Wetlands accept water during storms and whenever water levels are high. When water levels are low, wetlands slowly release water.
While wetlands are truly unique, they must not be thought of as isolated and independent habitat. To the contrary, wetlands are vital to the health of all other biomes and to wildlife and humans everywhere.Unlike most other habitats, wetlands directly improve other ecosystems. Because of its many cleansing benefits, wetlands have been compared to kidneys as they help control water flow and cleanse the system.
The ability of wetlands to recycle nutrients makes them critical in the overall functioning of the earth. No other ecosystem is as productive, nor as unique in this conversion process.