Why Are Wetlands Important?
are all connected to wetlands! Some of us live
near them, and some of us visit them. Still
others are connected to wetlands by way of the
storm drains in their streets. Storm water
flowing into these drains later flows into
streams and rivers, then on into wetlands.
Litter and oil carelessly dropped in the
streets will follow this same direct path into
Wetlands Distribution Circa 1780's
Wetlands Distribution Circa 1980's
Nationally, we have lost more than half of our
wetlands. Most of this depletion occurred in the
last century, due to draining and development
of the land for homes, farms, businesses, and
highways. By 1995, only 46% of original
wetland acreage remained in the continental
This loss has had a negative impact
upon the wildlife that relies on wetlands for
survival. When plants and animals are squeezed
smaller places to live, they begin to die and
can even become extinct.
loss of these wetlands has also had a measurable
negative financial impact on the citizens of