In addition to touring the country's first urban refuge and helping to collect litter along the way, we learned about the importance of wetland ecosystems in the age of climate change.
According to the Association of State Wetland Managers, while climate change impacts will vary from state to state, anticipated impacts include:
- Sea level rise
- Threats to water supply
- Storm surges
- Loss of habitat
Given the role of marshes in absorbing water during periods of heavy rainfall, protection of wetland ecosystems in the age of climate change will become even more important in order to protect water quality and reduce the risks of flooding.