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Muskoka Watershed Council getting ready to celebrate World Wetlands Day

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Every year, on February 2nd, World Wetlands Day is celebrated to honour the importance of swamps and marshland.

Muskoka’s Big East River is a great example of a local wetland, which helps to lower the risk of flooding downstream. That comes from the Muskoka Watershed Council, who says wetlands are like nature’s sponge. They absorb and store rain, and reduce flooding during the rainy season. When it dries up, wetlands release the stored water, which helps to hold off a drought.

The theme for this year’s event is Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Watershed Council says that’s because they are important to reduce the impact of extreme weather, like floods and droughts, both of which happen in Muskoka.

To find out more, go to the Watershed Council’s website:

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