California wetlands straining to support drinking water, habitat

Moderate fall rainstorms are putting renewed emphasis on the state’s threatened wetland habitats, responsible for keeping people and wildlife hydrated each year.

California has lost 95% of its original 4 million historic wetland acres. The loss of these marshes significantly impacts how much water reaches the taps of communities throughout the state.

The importance of conserving these wet habitats is even more pronounced when they are dry.