Large tropical storms can have dramatic effects on coastal, estuarine, and terrestrial ecosystems. The combination of high winds and intense precipitation deposits a large amount of leaves, branches, and mud as well as pollutants into the streams killing some of the living organisms in the water. The increase of dead leaves and branches mix with dead organisms, creating detritus. Salt marshes serve as filters to remove sediments and toxins from the water. Marsh plants break down many pollutants into less harmful forms and minimize the toxic effects of pollutants. Excessive pollutants can overburden the cleansing capabilities of marshes. What is the effect of the tropical storm on the salt marsh ecosystem, such as, the roles each organism plays in the food web, tropic levels of a given organism, and the effects of the tropical storm on living things.