Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation researcher Blair Feltmate tells the CBC that wetlands are crucial to reducing flooding and prevent millions of dollars in flooding damage. This is among the first studies of its kind that quantifies the financial benefits of wetlands.
The study also points out that a significant amount of Canada’s land mass is wetland and that many of these wetlands in more populated areas are being drained to make way for infrastructure. It hopes to encourage the preservation of swamps, marshes and bogs to help mitigate the impacts of flooding.
Feltmate also hopes that at the least the study will make people more aware of the consequences of draining wetlands.