This article was originally published on The Nature Conservancy


“Nature is often admired for its beauty, but rarely for the critical role it plays in moving, storing and filtering water before it comes out of our taps. Rivers, lakes, soil, plants and trees serve as our most basic water infrastructure. While investments in gray infrastructure have helped manage increasing water demands around the world, our future does not need to be lined exclusively in concrete. By investing in and maintaining the land around our water sources, we can create a more water-secure future for cities and communities while generating a number of other benefits for people and nature.

Currently, cities around the world spend billions of dollars to move and treat water, and that’s expected to rise into the trillions by 2025. More than 1.7 billion people currently live in the 4,000 largest cities on Earth, and that number will only grow in coming years. Finding enough clean, reliable sources of water to meet those growing demands won’t be easy given that 40 percent of our watersheds are seeing moderate to high degradation from development, deforestation and the expansion of agriculture.

Nature, however, can help…”

Read on at: The Nature Conservancy.