For instance, we are safer when rivers have more room during floods and floodwaters can disperse and slow down rather than rise, rage and threaten communities.
Along our coasts, natural features like sand dunes and marshes or coral reefs and oyster reefs reduce wave heights, absorb storm surges and help stop erosion.
"The great blue heron 'played' with the little gator for at least twenty minutes before killing and swallowing it," Scott said.
The Facebook post said that while it might be unusual to see an alligator being eaten by another animal, it is not uncommon for herons to eat whatever food presents itself.
In 1980, Madrid homicide detectives Pedro Suarez and Juan Robles are sent to a 'backwater' town on the Guadalquivir Marshes in Spain's 'Deep South' to investigate the disappearance of two teenage sisters during the town's festivities.
Nature-based solutions use natural systems, mimic natural processes, or work in tandem with traditional approaches to address these specific hazards. population lives in counties where federally-declared, weather-related disasters have occurred since 2010.
Communities across the country— along rivers or coasts, large or small, rural or urban— can incorporate nature-based solutions in local planning, zoning, regulations, and built projects to help reduce their exposure to flood and erosion impacts. Smart nature-based solutions provide multiple benefits, giving communities high returns on their investments in flood risk reduction strategies.
Communities have choices in how they prepare for and respond to floods.
Often overlooked is the role that nature and nature-based solutions can play alongside seawalls or dams and levees.