Terrebonne's vast wetlands provide the first defense against storm surge associated with hurricanes and other offshore storms. Storm surge and high tide velocities and peak flows are diminished over these open areas. Wetlands store flood waters conveyed by natural and manmade waterways away from populated areas. These same wetlands provide recreational and commercial fishing and hunting opportunities. Many of our region's important commercial fish species live all or part of their lives in the wetlands. Preservation of these areas supports efforts to protect lives and property from flood occurrence and supports the wildlife resources from which many draw a livelihood and others enjoy recreational opportunities.