Prairie restoration helps with flooding

Bass Pro Shops, Katy Prairie Conservancy join together to restore and enhance prairie

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Representatives from the Katy Prairie Conservancy and Bass Pro Shops gathered together to celebrate a new partnership to restore and enhance the Katy Prairie Conservancy’s protected lands.

Among those representing the various entities were Ali Dodson, advancement director for the Katy Prairie Conservancy, and Andy Wohlgemuth, community and social media coordinator for Bass Pro Shops. 

Dodson noted that prairie and wetlands restoration is important for the wildlife in the area, providing rich habitat for resident and migratory waterfowl. Just as important, however, is what it does for people. The EPA estimates that one wetland acre can store between 1 and 1.5 million gallons of water, helping to hold or slow floodwaters during storms.

“Prairie grasses absorb and hold floodwaters back from downstream, and wetlands filter water and improve water quality,” said Dodson. “Financial support from generous partners like Bass Pro Shops allows us to leverage other philanthropic dollars and complete essential restoration projects on the Katy Prairie Conservancy’s lands.”

A number of different restoration projects are on-going, helping to ensure that present and future generations have healthier land and healthier watersheds. 

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