At Trout Headwaters, we’ve worked to create, enhance and restore significant numbers of wetland acres over the last two decades. The study reported that constructed wetlands sequester carbon at an average annual rate of 2,150 pounds per acre. So, we did a little calculating, and it turns out that a conservative estimate of atmospheric carbon our work has helped to sequester is around 1,000 tons. That’s a lot of carbon!
To be fair, we’ve emitted some of our own carbon as we drove to and from project sites, and used equipment, but even being generous with our emissions, we’ve had a 10-times higher sequestration rate than emissions rate. That’s a happy by-product of freshwater resource restoration.
As the head research scientist of the journal article suggested, we shouldn’t ignore restored and man-made wetlands as we look for places to store carbon long-term. If you have a wetland creation, enhancement, or restoration project you’d like to discuss, contact THI for a free initial consultation.
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