But WHY is it Important to Preserve Wetlands?

by Stephanie D on September 20, 2010

Wetlands Preservation | Stream Preservation | Stream Resporation

In the last post, we discussed why wetlands are important to the environment.  Now, let’s explore why wetlands should be preserved….  In the article “Preserving wetlands: A natural security issue” the writer gives several reasons for this.

   Why is it Important to Preserve Wetlands?

It is important to preserve our wetlands because it is a natural habitat for many living animal species. Being it is saturated by surface and groundwater it is also part of the system that brings us the water we drink.

Our purest drinking water comes from the aquifers and groundwater beneath the earth.  In the wetlands some of this pure drinking water comes to the surface.

Wetlands also provide fish, reed or building material, and peat for fuel.  They are a significant deterrent to flooding and drought.  Wetlands absorb water during wet periods ad release it during dry periods.   www.wetlands.org

The EPA or Environmental Protection Agency is the US governmental agency that enforces the guidelines regarding the preservation of wetlands.  There are many non-profit organizations of concerned citizens that have been started to preserve and protect wetlands.

The EPA and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers jointly administer the Clean Water Act 404 program.  Together, they seek to regulate the misuse of wetland areas. 

Any developer must obtain a permit for industrial development in a wetland area. Action will be taken against any developer who fails to obtain a permit or if after obtaining a permit the EPA regulators find…

 

significant degradation of municipal water supplies (including surface or groundwater) or significant loss of or damage to fisheries, shellfishing, wildlife habitat, or recreation.

One way of preserving these wetlands is for the industrial developers to work with off site mitigation.  

Alabama SWaMP Land has stream mitigation credits available for stream restoration.     Call J. Keith Maxwell at 334-713-5333 to help preserve the wetlands.

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