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Improved water quality can boost tourism and recreation or reduce costs at water treatment facilities.

Even smaller-scale projects, like rain gardens or green roofs, can help reduce the impacts of local flooding events while also providing benefits like improved community appeal and habitat for birds and butterflies or pollinating bees.

We’ve created this guide of nature-based solutions and included case studies of successful projects from across the country to help communities learn more and identify which nature-based solutions might work for them.

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A related study in Philadelphia found study participants who walked by a ‘greened’ vacant lot showed decreased heart rate, a sign of reduced stress, compared to a control group.

The trees and vegetation in natural areas and green spaces improve water quality and air quality, particularly in larger cities, which has been connected to lower rates of asthma and wheezing in urban populations.

Nature-based solutions use natural systems, mimic natural processes, or work in tandem with traditional approaches to address these specific hazards. population lives in counties where federally-declared, weather-related disasters have occurred since 2010.

Communities across the country— along rivers or coasts, large or small, rural or urban— can incorporate nature-based solutions in local planning, zoning, regulations, and built projects to help reduce their exposure to flood and erosion impacts. Smart nature-based solutions provide multiple benefits, giving communities high returns on their investments in flood risk reduction strategies.

But the true return on investment for nature-based solutions is realized when the other, multiple benefits they provide are considered.

For example, wetlands, floodplains, forests, prairies and marshes improve water quality by filtering pollutants and sediment from water.“The decisions we make today about the infrastructure we put in place – whether natural or manmade – will have a long-lasting impact on how we live and work.We should let nature do its very best job for us.” “There is a recognition that the project will save property, it’ll save homes, it’ll save businesses.Traditional structures designed to control floodwaters or storm surges are usually built on beaches, marshes or wetlands, where they destroy valuable wildlife habitat.On the other hand, natural areas and nature-based solutions provide, create or improve wildlife habitat for fish, birds and other species, which enhances recreational opportunities for community members and tourists alike.Communities have choices in how they prepare for and respond to floods.

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