Sierra Club Water Sentinels
Wetlands play a critical role in regulating the quality and movement of water within watersheds as well as in the global water cycle. They remove pollutants from water, act as a buffer to decrease flooding, recharge groundwater, add moisture to the atmosphere, protect shorelines, and prevent erosion. Wetlands exist in nearly every region of the United States and are among the most diverse ecosystems in the world, providing essential habitat for plants and wildlife.
However, 22 states have lost at least 50 percent of their original wetlands, and seven states have lost more than 80 percent of their wetlands. Over the past 200 years, wetlands acreage has diminished to the point where its economic and environmental benefits (ground water supply and water quality, shoreline erosion, floodwater storage, and trapping of sediments) are now seriously threatened.
The Water Sentinels are working to protect and restore wetlands in the United States. By dedicating ourselves to this pursuit, we will improve water quality, reduce flooding, and enhance the myriad ecological benefits that our wetlands provide. Please join us.
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