FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – With all the recent rain, Greene county has a secret weapon to fight spring flooding: It’s wetlands.
They act like a sponge and absorbs large amounts of water. Then slowly releases it as the area around it dries up.
one Greene county naturalist says some people still have the wrong idea about the wetlands.
“The term wetlands to people is a very negative term,” said Cris Barnett, Chief Naturalist with Greene County Parks and Trails. “People don’t understand, have never been taught what a wetland is all about. Typilcally people think in a wetland you’re going to have water lapping up around your ankles and year round it will be contiunally soggy and wet. And that’s not really the case.”
Greene county has more than 15-hundred arces of protected wetlands that help absorb excess water.