Fast Facts / Wetland Benefits
Coastal wetlands—our natural defenses—help protect coastlines by acting as a permeable barrier that slows waves and surge through friction and reduces flooding.
20% Fewer Damages
A year-long assessment said areas behind existing salt marshes have, on average, 20 percent fewer property damages when compared to areas where salt marshes have been lost.
$200 Billion Payout
In the last 10 years, insurers paid more than $200 billion for coastal damages from storms globally.
50% Wetland Loss
Wetlands have been lost at alarming rates across the northeastern U.S. New York alone has lost 50 percent of its wetlands on Long Island Sound during the past 130 years.