Here in Vermont, our rivers will bear the brunt of climate change: more drought, more floods, and warmer water. When we protect land along rivers, we restore wildlife habitat and help provide shade to cool waters. And by protecting land and removing old dams, we let rivers be rivers — to have space to meander, flood, and change course over time. This helps filter out pollution and debris to keep rivers clean, and slows water on its crash course into downstream homes and businesses. Because restoring our rivers helps keep communities safe.