Mississippi River - Ask President Obama to Protect Our Rivers and Our Communities
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Invest in our natural defenses and help protect our communities from flooding.
Wetlands and floodplains are our natural defenses against flooding. They reduce the risk of flooding by slowing and storing flood waters, helping to keep our communities, homes, and businesses safe. Natural flood mitigation approaches can have a huge pay off as well - every dollar invested in mitigation yields $5 in avoided losses.
Economists estimate that one acre of wetlands provides up to $10,000 worth of ecosystem services1. This includes filtering drinking water, protecting our coasts from hurricanes and storms, and preventing flooding.
But America loses approximately 80,000 acres of wetlands annually — 125 square miles every year. The Obama Administration is taking important steps to do something about it but they need your support.
Take Action: Tell President Obama to protect our rivers by protecting the wetlands and floodplains that act as our natural lines of defense against flooding.
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