Nature is Where We Live
Wetlands soak up harmful toxins, keeping water and air clean. Water on the surface is filtered as it soaks in and recharges the groundwater, the city’s water supply. Nature is not separate from communities, it is all interconnected.
This 500 acres of wetland are located in the Rice Creek Watershed, which flows into the Mississippi River. Our neighborhoods are connected by these water systems.
City parks and open spaces can improve the physical and psychological health of those who visit. They also strengthen the community and make neighborhoods more attractive places to live. Numerous studies have shown the social, environmental, economic, and health benefits parks bring to a city and its people. Proximity to parks and open spaces enhances the value of residential properties and produces increased tax revenues for communities. Open space captures precipitation and reduces stormwater management costs. By protecting underground water sources, open space can greatly reduce the cost of drinking water. And of course, there is the value of protecting the habitats of wild creatures who live near suburban neighborhoods.