Thursday, June 22, 2023

Wally's Water Wisdom - The Supercharged Sanctuary

Hey there, friends! Welcome to another edition of Wally's Water Wisdom. On this National Hydration Day, join IEUA and Chino Creek Wetlands as we embark on an immersive journey to explore the magnificent wonders of wetlands, their precious habitats, and how they work together for water conservation and purification processes.

Let's dive right in, shall we? Wetlands are not only vital for our hydration but also the foundation of all ecosystems. These extraordinary habitats possess a mind-blowing superpower – their natural water filtration abilities. They not only cleanse and purify our precious water sources, but they also protect us from tough environmental problems like droughts and floods.

Superpowers of Water Conservation

So, what superpowers do wetlands possess, you ask? Well, let me enlighten you. They protect us from the dangers of floods, water scarcity, and polluted water.

Did you know that according to the National Weather Service's 2023 data, flash floods have become a more common and serious threat in various regions across the United States? Fear not because wetlands are here to save the day!

Oh no, floods! Enter the 'mighty sponge' to the rescue! Wetlands have an incredible ability to absorb and hold excess water, acting as a natural buffer against heavy rains and storms. Think of them as superhero capes, coming in to save the day when raindrops turn into a heavy downpour. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says a wetland can typically store about three-acre feet of water…that’s ONE MILLION gallons of water! They eagerly soak up that excess water from rain and storms, storing it within their lush grounds. Now, that's what I call an impressive superpower!


Wetlands perform a valuable service by holding back rain, floods, and more. They slowly release water into the ground, replenishing underground aquifers and maintaining a steady flow in our creeks and streams, even during dry periods. It's like having a gigantic water-saving vault right in our backyard. 

Did you know that the wetlands are the ultimate superheroes of water filtration? As the water flows into the wetlands, it encounters a mighty squad of extraordinary plants, including the remarkable duckweed and cattails. These plant superheroes possess an incredible power – they absorb nutrient pollutants like nitrogen and phosphorus, using their mighty roots as sponges. Meanwhile, beneath the surface, a team of microbial heroes diligently breaks down harmful substances, transforming them into harmless compounds. With this dynamic force at work, wetlands become the unstoppable champions of pollution control, purifying our water and ensuring a cleaner, safer world.

So, let's give a big shout-out to wetlands, the unsung heroes of the great outdoors! Stay wild, keep exploring, and make sure to follow us @ieuawater and @chinocreekwetlands. We're about to make a splash with all things water education and conservation! Let's ride this wave together and show some love to our H2O heroes. Stay tuned, stay hydrated, and let's make a splash for a better, water-wise world!