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We need more natural infrastructure, and fast



While natural infrastructure alone could not have prevented the Red River spill, a well-funded hybrid system of grey and natural infrastructure will help mitigate the impacts of such disasters, and help prevent them happening again in the future, as well as support the Canadian environment, and the economy.

Natural infrastructure, such as water retention wetlands, can provide specific infrastructure benefits, with the potential for many other social, economic, and environmental benefits. Floating treatment wetlands, for example, can help sop up excess phosphorus in urban retention ponds, writes Richard Grosshans.

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