Paving wetlands may have contributed to wide-spread Texas flooding

Posted on Saturday, September 30, 2017 08:54 AM

The recent impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma shows the importance of having a good policy in place to protect wetlands.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada's Andrew Holland says Texas may well have received so much wide-spread flooding because it paved over a lot of its wetlands rather than protect them.

Holland says a wetland acts like a giant paper towel absorbing and retaining water to prevent it from spreading.

Holland says the NCC's philosophy is that protecting wetlands not only is good for the plants and animals that live there but it can help prevent bridge and roads from being washed out and the unbudgeted costs associated with repairs.