Protect The Wetlands
By Tanaya Battle
What are Wetlands?
A wetland is land consisting of marshes or swamps or saturated land. They are part of the foundation of our nation's water resources and are vital to the health of waterways and communities that are downstream.
Many examples of wetlands are swamps, marshes, and bogs.
Because of their key role in fishing, hunting, agriculture, and recreation, wetlands are considered economic drivers. They even feed downstream waters, trap floodwaters, recharge groundwater supplies, remove pollution, and provide fish and wildlife habitat.
Why are they important?
Wetland are important for many reasons. They can decrease flooding, remove pollutants from water, recharge groundwater, protect shorelines, provide habitat from wildlife, and serve important recreational and cultural functions. They even feed downstream waters, trap floodwaters, recharge groundwater supplies
How can we protect them?
Once we destroy a wetland we can never get them back. There are many things that we can do to help protect them.
- Encourage neighbors, developers, and state and local governments to protect the function and value of wetlands in your watershed
- Purchase federal duck stamps from your local post office to support wetland acquisition
- Reduce, reuse and recycle household items and waste
- Plant only native species of trees, shrubs, and flowers to preserve the ecological balance of local wetlands