Learning - Educating - Advocating
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The Friends of Bass Lake support the passage of the SLP 'Climate Inheritance Resolution' and welcome students to become members of FOBL; joining the front line effort to reduce methane production from Bass lake. Methane traps up to 100 times more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide within a 5 year period, and 72 times more within a 20 year period. Wetlands are a major source of methane, contributing 20% of the total atmospheric emissions.
Urban wetlands like Bass Lake receive large discharges of phosphorous stormwater and become enriched in carbon and the anaerobic degradation that releases methane. The low oxygen water doesn't allow vegetation to naturally decompose, consequently it rots. The introduction of aggressive hybrid cattails creates ever greater quantities of rotting vegetation.
Bass Lake, if maintained properly, can become a viable means of maintaining existing carbon stores, restricting methane emissions and thereby acting as a climate change mitigation strategy.