As seas rise, communities use native plants to fight worsening erosion

As seas rise, communities use native plants to fight worsening erosion

PBS Newshour, July 14, 2018

Planting “living shorelines,” rich in native species, is growing in popularity as a way to fight accelerating erosion from climate change and sea level rise. As restored native plant communities mature, the benefits extend far beyond erosion control. Studies show nitrogen pollution from lawns and farms that washes into waterways during storms, feeding harmful algae, can be reduced using native shoreline ecosystems. Marsh growth can support fisheries and clean water, which support wildlife, the economy, and quality of life. And coastal vegetation slows climate change by absorbing carbon more effectively in some cases than forests.

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