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Introduction How Rivers Run Stories Value Of A River What We Can Do
Common wealth from healthy rivers
Controlling floods and erosion

Flood control: Wetlands, floodplain forests, and other native plant communities serve as "sponges," absorbing and holding water that would otherwise run off the land. Evaporation and transpiration by plants and water bodies are nature's ways of slowly releasing water and quenching a thirsty watershed when demand is highest.

Soil stabilization: Vegetated watersheds, riverbanks, and shoreline buffers secure soil and prevent erosion. Deeply rooted native plants hold precious soil in place. Rooted aquatic plants within a river channel or lakebed anchor sediment that helps keep water clear.

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