Wetlands are abundant in our watershed. They are vital for mitigating floods in the valley because they hold back meltwater, allowing it to filter into the land and to prevent too much water from flowing downstream all at the same time. Wetlands are natural sponges. They are also Nature’s septic fields, purifying, filtering, and conditioning water (no chlorine needed!). In an undisturbed natural system, Peachland’s wetlands provide “purified” filtered clean water that flows downstream and ultimately into the lake. Clean water is critical to fish and other aquatic species or plants and animals. Wetlands are crucial components of healthy watersheds and yet they are not protected.
Bill Nye the Science Guy explains the science and this essential role of wetlands and explains why we must ensure their survival. This is an easy to understand short video (23 fun, fact-rockin’ minutes)