Infographic: Wetlands Work for Us

Wetlands Work for Us

No matter where you live, chances are there’s a wetland nearby. Wetlands support diverse fish and wildlife species, filter pollutants from rain water runoff, help recharge groundwater supplies, and prevent flooding in our communities. Learn more about the ways wetlands work for us in the infographic below.

Despite their many benefits, the United States loses about 60,000 acres of wetlands each year – that’s the equivalent of more than 45,000 football fields! What can you do to protect your local wetlands?

  • Keep lawns and driveways free of pet waste, fertilizers, and motor oil. These pollutants can wash into storm drains and eventually reach a wetland.
  • Choose native species when planting trees, shrubs, and flowers to preserve the ecological balance of local wetlands.
  • Use non-toxic products for household cleaning and lawn and garden care. Never spray lawn and garden chemicals outside on a windy day or on a day when rain might wash the chemicals into local waterways.
  • Many exotic animals are introduced into wetlands by homeowners and hobbyists, where they can harm native wildlife. If you have a home aquarium with exotic saltwater or freshwater fish, or raise non-native amphibians or reptiles, do not release them into the wild.
  • Volunteer to help monitor or restore wetlands near you.  Get in touch with local environmental organizations, your state agency, or community groups to see how you can participate in programs that protect wetlands.

Learn more with the infographic: Wetlands Work for Us

 

Wetlands Work for Us
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Sources:

  • US EPA. 2015. "American Wetlands Month." Accessed September 15. http://water.epa.gov/type/wetlands/outreach/index.cfm.
  • US EPA. 2015. "Wetlands." Accessed September 15. http://water.epa.gov/type/wetlands/index.cfm.
  • US EPA. 2013. "Volunteer Monitoring." Accessed September 15, 2015. http://water.epa.gov/type/watersheds/monitoring/vol.cfm.

 

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